Chicken Couscous Salad

My poor husband. He doesn’t get much of a say on what we eat around here. Some days I will unilaterally decide that we need something DELICIOUS, calories be damned, and make something like this. And then other days – usually the day I get on the scale after an official Day of Deliciousness – I will decree that we must eat healthy, which leads to nights like this. Poor guy has no idea what’s waiting for him when he walks in the door at night.

This chicken couscous salad was a healthy night, but he enjoyed it a lot more than I think he was expecting to when I said the words “couscous” and “salad.” I think what makes this so tasty is the dressing. There’s not a ton of it, and it’s not loaded down with too much oil, but it has this spicy, tangy flavor that really stands out. It worked great with the pine nuts and the feta, too. The dressing is definitely the best part, though – I can’t wait to find other uses for it.

CHICKEN COUSCOUS SALAD (adapted from The Pursuit of Happiness)


2 cups cooked couscous, prepared according to package directions
2 chicken breasts, poached and diced
1 tomato, seeded and diced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 medium cucumber, seeded and diced
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tbsp lemon juice


1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper

  1. Pour cooked couscous into large bowl and let cool. Add chicken, feta, tomatoes, onion, cucumber, parsley, pine nuts, and lemon juice; toss well to combine.
  2. To prepare dressing, mix all dressing ingredients together in small bowl. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve chilled.

Great flavor! The original recipe called for the couscous to be cooked in chicken broth, but I skipped that. Also, double check your pine nuts to make sure they’re not from China. Pine nuts from China can cause an allergic reaction in some people (like my husband) that causes them to have a strong, metallic taste in their mouths for up to two weeks. Luckily my pine nuts were domestic, so he was fine. Still – always good to check your labels!


One thought on “Chicken Couscous Salad

  1. mmm,…I knew there was a reason I bought that couscous last weekend. Now to pick up some pine nuts and red onion! Sounds tasty!

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