Creamy Lemon-Garlic Chicken Couscous Skillet + Green Beans

This easy chicken couscous skillet dinner is the ultimate simple, nourishing comfort food, complete with crisp veggies.

Creamy chicken skillet dinner with ricotta, lemon and green beans set in two plates on a table.

You could throw a spoonful of creamy ricotta on just about anything and I would eat it. But what if that something is a zesty, savory, garlicky chicken skillet dinner with crisp green beans and chewy, nutty Israeli couscous?

I would eat it for every meal. For days. It’s not a hypothetical — that’s exactly what I did after throwing this recipe together for the first time. As far as comfort food goes, it’s pretty darn healthy. You’ve even got a green vegetable in there!

(There’s a video tutorial for this recipe. Keep scrolling to watch it.)

This chicken couscous recipe feels light and bright thanks to the lemons, while the ricotta brings just a touch indulgence. The earthy flavors of fresh garlic and thyme bring a cozy, comforting dimension to this meal.

Sprinkle some parmesan and lemon zest on top, and you’ll really be in heaven! ? I’m also dying to try this with a nice, yolky soft-boiled egg. Mmmmmmm…

Parmesan is sprinkled on a creamy chicken skillet dinner with ricotta, lemon and green beans.

The Magic of a Chicken Skillet Dinner

Since everything is cooked in the same skillet for this chicken couscous recipe, cleanup is a breeze!

Cleanup aside, the biggest upside to one-pan cooking is that all the mouthwatering flavors mix together to create a more complex meal. After you cook the chicken breasts, you’ll add chicken stock to deglaze the pan and cook all of that tasty flavor into the couscous. Plus, the starchy liquid leftover from cooking your couscous makes for an extra creamy dish. Win-win!

Creamy chicken skillet dinner with ricotta, lemon and green beans.

Speaking of couscous, this recipe doesn’t call for the tiny, fluffy stuff you might be used to seeing. My personal preference is Israeli couscous (AKA pearl couscous) because it has more of a chewy bite to it. Israeli couscous also has more of a discernable wheaty, nutty flavor in my opinion.

If you’re looking to cut back on dairy, you can easily omit the ricotta. You might consider adding a glug or two of white wine or olive oil in its place. You can also easily make the meal vegetarian by skipping the chicken and subbing vegetable stock.

Chicken Skillet Dinner Ingredients

  • Chicken breast
  • Green beans
  • Israeli couscous
  • Chicken stock
  • Garlic
  • Lemons
  • Ricotta
  • Thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: lemon zest and parmesan, for garnish
Creamy chicken skillet dinner with ricotta, lemon and green beans.

Instructions

In a large pan, add olive oil and chicken — watch out for oil splatter! Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the chicken and set aside, leaving oil in the pan.

Return the pan to the heat, then add garlic, couscous and chicken stock to the pan. Cover and let simmer until couscous is tender and chewy.

Reduce heat and add chicken, green beans, juice of two lemons and thyme. Stir in ricotta, season with salt and pepper, and let cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the lemon juice to soak into the couscous. 

Serve with parmesan, lemon slices, lemon zest or additional thyme, if desired.

Dig in!

You can also watch a video tutorial for this chicken couscous recipe on my Instagram page! Be sure to follow me so you don’t miss any other tutorials or updates.

Creamy chicken skillet dinner with ricotta, lemon and green beans on a plate.
Creamy chicken skillet dinner with ricotta, lemon and green beans.

Creamy Lemon-Garlic Chicken Couscous Skillet + Green Beans

This chicken skillet dinner is the ultimate simple, nourishing comfort food.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. chicken breast sliced into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 c. green beans halved
  • 1 c. Israeli/pearl couscous
  • 2 ¼ c. chicken stock
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 2 lemons
  • c. ricotta
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh thyme or 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Parmesan and lemon zest for topping

Instructions
 

  • In a large pan under medium-high heat, add olive oil and chicken. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken, cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove chicken and set aside, leaving oil in the pan. Be careful not to splash yourself with hot oil.
  • Return the pan to medium-high heat, then add garlic, couscous and chicken stock to the pan. Cover and let simmer for about 12 minutes, until couscous is tender and chewy.
  • Reduce heat to low and add chicken, green beans, juice of two lemons and thyme. Stir in ricotta, season with salt and pepper, and let cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the lemon juice to soak into the couscous.
  • Serve with parmesan, lemon slices, lemon zest and additional thyme, if desired.
Keyword chicken skillet, green beans, lemon, one-pan, skillet dinner

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