Recipe: Marinated chicken skewers with couscous

Marinated chicken skewers.JPGDietitian Michelle Jones presents a healthy, nutritious and delicious recipe idea for marinated chicken skewers with couscous.  

“This meal is very tasty and is quick and easy to prepare. Served with a fresh salad or frozen or fresh steamed vegetables, it contains all the components of a healthy balanced meal; protein (chicken), carbohydrate (couscous) and vegetables.   It is also low in total and saturated fat which is healthier for your heart and helpful if you want to lose weight.”

Serves 4 


  • 4 chicken breasts cut into chunks

  • Wooden skewers

  • 2 courgette cut into half-moon chunks

  • 1 red pepper cut into 1 inch squares

  • 4 tablespoons of plain yoghurt

  • 1 tablespoon of garam masala

  • 1 tablespoon of lime/lemon juice

  • Handful of chopped fresh coriander

  • 200g couscous

  • 200ml boiling water with a little vegetables stock added

  • 3 spring onions chopped


To make the marinade, mix together the yoghurt, garam masala, lime/lemon juice and coriander in a bowl.  Add a little salt and pepper and the chicken pieces.  Marinade for 1 hour in the fridge. 

Place the couscous in a shallow bowl, then pour over 200ml boiling water. Cover the bowl with cling film, then leave for 5 mins until the couscous has swelled up and absorbed all of the water. Ruffle with a fork to separate the grains, then stir through the chopped spring onions. 

Thread the chicken, courgette, red peppers and chicken onto the wooden skewers, and cook on the BBQ or a griddle pan for 7-8 mins each side or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Serve the skewers with the couscous and a salad or steamed vegetables.

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