Couscous with Chicken, Lemon, and Peas

by Shawnda on May 16, 2010

in Chicken & Poultry,Citrus,Lemon,Lighter & Healthier,Pasta, Rice, and Grains,Veggies & Starches

Chicken with Peas and Couscous

Quick. Easy. Light. Yummy. It makes me very happy when I can use all those words describe one single recipe.

This is probably one of my favorite new recipe finds from last month’s Everyday Food. It tastes like spring in a bowl – the lemon, peas, and chicken are simple and fresh – and it is super quick, especially when you let the grocery store cook the chicken! The dish is easily adaptable to handle just about any vegetable you want to throw in to the pot.

Couscous with Chicken, Lemon, and Peas

Simple and light with lemon, peas, and couscous.


  • 1/2 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white or yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 wide strips of lemon peel, plus additional zest for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Skin and debone 1/2 a rotisserie chicken. Shred meat and set aside. Reserve any drippings from the carton.
  2. Heat butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute.
  3. Add broth and drippings to pan and bring to boil. Stir in lemon peel and peas and return to a boil.
  4. Stir in couscous and stir and add chicken. Cover and turn off heat. Let sit for 7 minutes.
  5. Add lemon juice and salt & pepper to taste. Fluff with a fork. Divide into bowls and serve garnished with parsley and additional lemon zest.


Yields: 4 Servings

Adapted from Everyday Food

Estimated time: 30 minutes


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 pam May 16, 2010 at 5:57 am

I have this one marked to try! I’m so glad you liked it and reviewed it!


2 Joanne May 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

I love simple dishes like that this that taste good, are healthy, and look so damn pretty!


3 Emma May 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm

yum!! i can’t wait to try it!


4 Stephanie May 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

Thanks – this looks great!


5 Kelsey May 17, 2010 at 2:59 pm

This is just the kind of dinner my boyfriend and I would love. I can’t wait to make it for us!


6 Linn @ Swedish home cooking May 19, 2010 at 2:10 am

That looks so simple and at the same time healthy! Great recipe. Mm.


7 Jami June 9, 2010 at 9:46 am

I made this last night as a round 2 recipe from Annie’s Lemon Chicken. It was SO delicious! Thanks for sharing!


8 Sarah October 11, 2010 at 3:21 am

I just made this for dinner, it was so quick to make and tastes SO good. I topped it with some leftover feta and it’s amazing. My boyfriend it raving.
I’m going to make this over and over!


9 robin May 14, 2011 at 5:55 am

i could kill to eat some feta right now
stupid diet ! lol


10 robin May 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

is there a way to make this without butter or oil or drippins and using a regular chicken breast instead of greasy rotissere chicken?
new diet cant have any oil or butter or fat


11 foodiebride May 8, 2011 at 8:58 am

You could probably use non-stick spray to saute the onions and garlic. The drippings bring flavor to the couscous so you’ll want to make up for that, by either using chicken stock (more flavorful than broth) and maybe extra lemon juice.


12 robin May 14, 2011 at 5:54 am

thanks for the reply
will def try this soon


13 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls May 11, 2011 at 9:27 am

Love this! You’ve incorporated everything delicious!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls


14 June 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

What a simple, healthy and really yummy dish!


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