Sautéed Zucchini with Lemon-Thyme Chicken

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  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 pound chicken cutlets
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup uncooked couscous
  • 3/4 pound zucchini (about 2 medium), halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound yellow summer squash (about 2 medium), halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • Chopped fresh thyme, for garnish


1. Place the lemon zest and thyme in a small bowl; toss. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Sprinkle half of the lemon-and thyme mixture evenly onto one side of each cutlet. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; cook the chicken, herb side down, turning after 2 minutes. When the chicken is golden and cooked through (about 4 minutes), transfer to a cutting board. Cover chicken, and keep warm.

2. Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan; gradually stir in the couscous. Remove pan from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Cover couscous, and keep warm.

3. Sauté the zucchini and squash (in the same skillet used for the chicken) over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden and tender (about 4 minutes). Stir in the remaining lemon-and-thyme mixture, chicken broth, and couscous.

4. Spoon the couscous mixture evenly among 4 plates; top each with a chicken cutlet. Garnish with thyme.

    This delightful springtime recipe combines the savory flavors of sautéed zucchini and lemony chicken for a tasty weeknight or weekend meal.
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken cutlet and 1 cup zucchini-and-couscous mixture)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 233
Fat per serving: 7g
Saturated fat per serving: 1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1g
Protein per serving: 27g
Carbohydrate per serving: 16g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 63mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 139mg
Calcium per serving: 42mg

Good to Know

Use whole-wheat couscous to add a few extra grams of figure-friendly fiber.

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