Monday, February 25, 2008

Chicken, Couscous and Chickpea salad

This easy recipe makes for a light and satisfying lunch. I prefer making this with shredded chicken and real chicken stock because it is so much tastier that way. But if you don't have leftover shredded chicken or don't feel like making it then just use chicken breasts.

  • 1 cup of Couscous
  • 1 cup of chicken stock (or water if you don't have chicken stock)
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint (or dried mint if you don't have any fresh mint)
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley (or dried parsley if you don't have any fresh mint)
  • Juice of of 2 lemons
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • cooked shredded chicken (boil one whole chicken with water, salt and tumeric for an hour or until done. Let cool. Shred chicken) OR or two breasts of chicken
  • 1 can of chickpeas (around 2 and a half cups), drained
  • 3/4 teaspoon of tumeric
  1. Prepare the chicken if not using shredded chicken: Cut chicken breast into small pieces. Put in pot and cover with water. Add tumeric, salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked. This usually takes no more than 10-15 minutes. Alternatively you can marinate the chicken in a mixture of tumeric, salt, pepper and lemons for 10 minutes and then sautee until done.
  3. Meanwile prepare couscous by following directions on the box. Usually this involves bringing 1 cup of chicken stock/water, 1 tablespoon of butter and salt to a boil. When chicken/water reaches boiling point, add one cup of couscous. Remove from heat quickly and stir. Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Add chicken pieces to couscous. Add chickpeas, mint, parsley, juice of one lemon, salt and olive oil to taste. Mix all together.

3 comments:

Summer said...

i love your recipes! i just joined foodies blogroll today...i hope you get to visit my blog soon...maybe we should get together soon since we both live in bahrain!! have a wonderful evening.

Reesh said...

Thanks!

Summer said...

Rasha, Thanks for your visit to my blog today!! i am actually in the US too for this month, in Chicago. i am kinda living in between the middle east and the states, i come here often, i have lots of family and a house...so i come back to check on all!! i am in the process of moving from Beirut to Bahrain and i will be residing there mid May...have a great day and thanks again.