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Chicken Cous Cous Salad with Asparagus

Chicken Cous Cous Salad with Asparagus

A lovely seasonal salad....

Serves 4
Prep time 20m
Cooking time 10m


  • 4 ready-cooked skinless chicken breasts, sliced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 300g couscous
  • 400ml hot chicken stock (fresh or low fat stock cube)
  • 250g pack of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Bunch fresh asparagus, tips cooked
  • 50g toasted pine nuts
  • Large handful of mint leaves
  • ½ tsp of Sea Salt and fresh black pepper for seasoning



1. In advance, cook chicken breasts. Juice and zest lemon on a fine grater. Make chicken stock. Toast pine nuts in a dry frying pan until coloured. Chop mint.

2. Place the chicken in a shallow dish. Whisk together lemon zest and juice, and rapeseed oil, season, then pour over the chicken. Cover and leave to marinate for 10 mins in the fridge.

3. Meanwhile, put the couscous in a bowl and pour over the hot stock. Leave until the stock is absorbed, about 10 mins. Fluff up with a fork, cool for a few mins. Fold in the tomatoes, nuts and half the mint. Drain the marinade from the chicken and mix two-thirds of it in with the couscous.

4. Pile the chicken on top of the couscous, drizzle over the remaining juices and top with the rest of the mint.

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