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Chicken Couscous Salad

  • Servings: 20

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  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • Salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 10 cups boiling water
  • Four 10-ounce boxes couscous
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 2 bunches watercress, chopped
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios, toasted
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 pound seedless grapes, halved


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a small bowl, combine the honey, mustard and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Arrange the chicken on 2 large baking sheets and coat with the honey mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes; remove from oven. Baste with the juices and cover with foil.
  2. In 2 large heatproof bowls, pour the boiling water over the couscous. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer the couscous to a work surface and use 2 large forks to break it up; let cool. Gently rub the couscous into separate grains.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 3/4 cup of olive oil with the lemon juice, lemon zest, 2 tablespoons of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper. Return the couscous to the bowls and toss with the dressing. Add the remaining ingredients; toss well. Slice the chicken crosswise 1/2 inch thick. Serve the couscous on platters, topped with the chicken.

Suggested Pairing

Pair with a rich French Viognier like the Georges Duboeuf Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche Viognier.

Contributed By Photo © Lisa Cohen Published July 1997

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