Chicken Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts

Not only is this Chicken Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts quick and easy to make, but it’s also packed full of flavor. This one is a keeper for sure.

chicken couscous toasted pine nuts

I was going through my pantry recently looking for a little inspiration and found an opened box of couscous so decided to add a little chicken to it along with some toasted pine nuts. This is one easy recipe to make and is absolutely delicious!

chicken couscous toasted pine nuts

While the process of cooking couscous is pretty straightforward, you need to follow the process exactly so you don’t end up with overcooked or undercooked couscous. Here are a couple of options but when in doubt, follow the directions on the box.

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You basically have 2 options when it comes to cooking your couscous: Stove Top and Microwave. Personally I prefer the Stovetop method but there’s nothing wrong with using your microwave.

Stovetop Method
In a large pot, bring 1 1/4 cup of water or chicken broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Add 3 teaspoons of unsalted butter and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the heat. Add 1 Cup of dry couscous to the boiling water. Cover and let sit for at least 5 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed into the couscous. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Microwave Method
In a microwave safe dish, combine 1 Cup of Water or Chicken Broth and 1 Cup of Dry Couscous. Add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix until well combined. Microwave on High for 3 1/2 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Cook times may vary if using a low wattage microwave.

Feta Cheese

The simplest way to toast pine nuts is to add them to a small dry skillet (no oil) and over medium-low and cook them, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes. The pine nuts should be golden brown. Watch them carefully as they can easily burn.

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Nut Allergy Warning

This recipe may contain peanuts or other nuts and seeds as one of its ingredients. Please take the appropriate precautions.

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Toasted Pine Nuts

I used some leftover rotisserie chicken I had in the fridge but if you don’t have any, you can make a couple of chicken breasts and chop them up for this couscous recipe.

If you do cook your own chicken just make sure the thickest part of the chicken breast reaches an internal temperature of 165°F

chicken couscous toasted pine nuts

You will need the following ingredients to make this Chicken Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Couscous, Rotisserie Chicken, Pine Nuts, Pimientos, Feta Cheese, Frozen Peas, Dried Basil and Fresh Lemon Juice.

  1. Prepare the couscous according to the directions on the package, either on the stovetop or in the microwave (see notes). I recommend using low-sodium chicken broth instead of water.
  2. Place the cooked couscous in a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Add a little olive oil or butter and toss.
  3. Add the cooked chicken, pimientos, cheese, toasted pine nuts, peas, basil and lemon juice. Toss until all ingredients are well blended.

Printable Recipe Card

chicken couscous toasted pine nuts

Chicken Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts

Not only is this Chicken Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts quick and easy to make, it's packed full of flavor. This one is a keeper for sure.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 375 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Bowl
  • Saucepan

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ¼ Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup Couscous, uncooked
  • 2 Cups Rotisserie Chicken, chopped
  • ½ Cup Pine Nuts, toasted
  • 4 oz Pimientos, drained & chopped
  • ½ Cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas
  • ½ Tbsp Dried Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the couscous according to the directions on the package, either on the stovetop or in the microwave. I recommend using low sodium chicken broth instead of water.
  • Place the cooked couscous in a large bowl and fluff with a fork. Add a little olive oil or butter and toss.
  • Add the cooked chicken, pimientos, cheese, toasted pine nuts, peas, basil and lemon juice. Toss until all ingredients are well blended.

Notes

→ This recipe may contain wheat/gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and soy. Please take the necessary precautions.
→ How to make couscous on the stovetop: In a large pot, bring 1 1/4 cup of water or chicken broth to a boil. Add 3 teaspoons of unsalted butter and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the heat. Add 1 Cup of dry couscous to the boiling water. Cover and let sit for at least 5 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed into the couscous. Fluff with a fork and serve.
→ How to make couscous in the microwave: In a microwave-safe dish, combine 1 Cup of Water or Chicken Broth and 1 Cup of Dry Couscous. Add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix until well combined. Microwave on High for 3 1/2 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve. Cook times may vary if using a low-wattage microwave.
→ The simplest way to toast pine nuts is to add them to a small dry skillet (no oil) and over medium-low and cook them, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes. The pine nuts should be golden brown. Watch them carefully as they can easily burn.

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 14gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 242mgPotassium: 398mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1118IUVitamin C: 40mgCalcium: 131mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Jane says:

    This is delicious. I love pine nuts so this recipe is a bonus. I did not use rotisserie chicken, because I had left over chicken, and it was so delicious. A keeper.

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