Couscous Chicken

This is one of my favorite “5-Minute Meals” as it seems like a real meal, not something you’ve just thrown together so that there’s something on the table.

Couscous Chicken

Serves 2

2/3 cup instant couscous

1 cup water (use liquid from chicken and make up rest with water)

1 can diced tomatoes, including liquid OR 2 large tomatoes, diced

1 (5-ounce) can chicken, drained and liquid reserved

1/2 teaspoon tarragon (use oregano or Italian spices if you don’t have tarragon)

Salt (or chicken bouillon powder) and pepper to taste

Bring water to boil, add dash of salt  and couscous.  Cover and turn off heat – couscous will cook itself in 5 minutes.  Stir occasionally and check to see if more water is needed.

At the same time, place tomatoes in small pan and heat to boiling.  Add tarragon, chicken, salt and pepper, stirring very gently so as not to break up the chunks of chicken.  Turn off heat, cover and let stand 2 – 3 minutes to heat chicken through.

To serve, place the couscous in bowls and put the chicken mixture over the top.

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11 Comments
  • Andrea on Facebook
    Posted at 03 December 2011 Reply

    The problem with this and alot of cruising recipes is that the sodium levels are off the charts….

  • Jan on Facebook
    Posted at 03 December 2011 Reply

    Yes, but you can control sodium levels by not using pre- packaged CousCous … find the real thing (trader joe’s) and adjust the recipe accordingly. I’m still trying to adjust to life without salt … but everyone assures me that taste will return to my taste buds sometime … it’s been 2 months now, can I plz have my taste buds back????? 🙂

  • Mary Dixon
    Posted at 04 December 2011 Reply

    Looks like a great recipe for the boat. Will definitely try it.

  • on Facebook
    Posted at 04 December 2011 Reply

    @Andrea — the plain couscous shown in the photo has 5 mg sodium, the canned chicken that I use has 200 mg, and with no added salt tomatoes having 50 mg, don’t add additional salt . . . that’s 255 mg or about 11% of the 2400 recommended max per day. BTW, you don’t have to go to Trader Joe’s to get plain couscous — every Walmart has the package above very near where rice is stocked. Just get the plain, as opposed to the flavored.

  • on Facebook
    Posted at 04 December 2011 Reply

    @Jan — use other spices and also note that bouillon powder has one-third the sodium of straight salt — just a dash can really make a difference yet still keep the sodium far lower!

  • Candy Ann Williams on Facebook
    Posted at 28 April 2012 Reply

    That sounds good….I have never made couscous and I really like it….it’s just something I don’t think about fixing.

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 28 April 2012 Reply

    It’s super easy and I love it in summer when it’s hot — almost no cook time!

  • Candy Ann Williams on Facebook
    Posted at 28 April 2012 Reply

    ‘Gonna’ try some!!

  • Donna Tourt Cantwell on Facebook
    Posted at 06 January 2013 Reply

    This is a must-have / go-to in my galley!

  • Elizabeth Aristeguieta
    Posted at 12 January 2014 Reply

    Are you kidding?! I love couscous! Plus you can doctor it up and make it gourmet. I love it with raisins and pine nuts and I use chicken stock instead of water, yummy!

  • Diane Dashevsky
    Posted at 12 January 2014 Reply

    My favorite “go to” meal on the boat… 🙂

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