Food & Recipes

Fruity Chicken Couscous Salad

by Patricia Carolan

Fruity Chicken Couscous Salad
Kid-Friendly Recipe Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups plain couscous
  • 3 cups cubed, cooked skinless chicken breast
  • 4 cups mixed fruit of your choosing, cut into bite-size pieces, such as oranges, cantaloupe, peaches. berries, pineapple, apples, and grapes*
  • 1/2 cup plain, nonfat yougurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Leaf of lettuce for serving

*Grapes and apples can be a choking hazard for children under 4.

  1. In a medium-size saucepan, bring the broth to a boil over heat. Stir in the couscous, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes, then remove the saucepan lid, fluff with a fork, and transfer couscous to a large bowl. Chill, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes in the refigerator.
  2. Remove the couscous from the refigerator, and add the chicken and fruit; toss to mix.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the yougurt, olive oil, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange juice, and lemon juice. Add the yogurt mixture to the chicken mixture and stir gently. Serve each portion on a bed of leaf lettuce.
Kid-Friendly Recipe How kids can help: Measure ingredients, help make dressing, and stir it into chicken salad.

Per Serving (about 1 cup): 359 calories, 4 g fat (0.9 g saturated), 332 mg sodium, and 49 mg cholesterol. The fruit makes this dish a good source of vitamin C.