This is the recipe that gave me the idea for Meals in Minutes - it's the perfect example of a dinner for which the ingredients can be bunged into a shopping basket on the way home from work. Its key cheat ingredients are garlic butter, shop-bought hummus and a couscous salad.



  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 30 g garlic butter* 
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 125 g red pepper hummus (about 1/2 tub)* 
  • 200-250 g tub fresh couscous salad* 
  • Handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 
  • Sea salt ans black pepper

*Cheat's ingredient


  1. First butterfly the chicken breasts: put each one on a chopping board and with the flat of your hand on top, use a sharp knife to slice into the thick side of the breast, being careful not to cut all the way through. Open out the breast and season well on both sides. 
  2. Heat the olive oil and garlic butter in a large frying pan and fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes, then turn over, add the lemon zest and fry for a further 3-4 minutes until golden brown on both sides. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes. 
  3. Spread a dollop of the hummus onto 2 plates. Mix the couscous salad with the parsley and a good squeeze of lemon in a bowl and spoon it on top of the hummus. Slice the chicken thinly and pile on top of the couscous. 
  4. Squeeze over a little more lemon juice, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and serve.