Greek Chicken With Vegetable Couscous and Tzatziki

by Tom Ewer

If you’re anything like me, you have to give this recipe a chance.

I used to be the kind of guy that would scoff at the notion of couscous, but what is admittedly a rather dull ingredient can be combined with other ingredients to make a delicious meal.

I implore anyone who is unfamiliar with Greek cuisine to try this recipe. While I’m not going to say that it’s authentic Greek (after all, I’ve never even been to Greece), it does provide a nice little introduction to Mediterranean eating. And as always, it’s good for you and easy to make.

Ingredients

Serves 2 / takes ~15 mins

For the couscous:

  • ½ cup couscous (not pre-cooked)
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (and de-seeded if you’re not a fan of spicy food)
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • A handful of frozen peas
  • A few halved olives (omit if you hate olives!)
  • A small handful of fresh dill (dried is fine)

For the chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts, whole
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • Glug of olive oil

For the tzatziki:

  • ½ a cucumber, finely grated with excess water poured off
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • A small handful of fresh mint (dried is fine)

Instructions

Pound the chicken with a rolling pin until about ½” thick then toss with salt, pepper, oregano, allspice, lemon and olive oil until well coated. Place under a grill on a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, turning once.

Put the couscous and peas – well seasoned with salt and pepper – in a pot with 1 cup of boiling water over a low heat for 5 minutes.

Combine the tzatziki ingredients in a bowl, mix well and season.

After 5 minutes, add the remaining vegetables and dill to the couscous and stir well. Leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the water has evaporated.

Remove the chicken from under the grill and slice. Place the couscous on a plate, put the chicken on top, then finish by pouring the tzatziki and crumbling feta over the whole thing.

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