Parmesan Chicken Couscous Recipe
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Parmesan Chicken Couscous Recipe

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Simple ingredients make clever use of leftover chicken in an innovative dish any home cook would be proud to plate. I like to serve it with a side of fresh fruit. —Lisa Abbott, New Berlin, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (5.9 ounces) Parmesan couscous
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 391 calories, 18g fat (3g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 490mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 lean meat, 2 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook walnuts over medium heat in 1 teaspoon oil for 2-3 minutes or until toasted. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, saute garlic in remaining oil for 1 minute. Add the spinach, chicken, water, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Stir in walnuts and sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Parmesan Chicken Couscous in Simple & Delicious February/March 2012, p21

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1shoebee 233326
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2015

"I made this last night, and it was a big hit. I will definitely make this again."

moseskmpj 230282
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015

"Love it , easy to make"

fnstlug 226261
Reviewed May. 12, 2015

"Pretty good. Very easy to make, one dish, but unique. I wasn't sure about the walnuts and spinach, but they ended up adding some nice crunch and extra flavor.

The directions were a little unclear. I figured it out, but they don't say what to do with the spice packet in the couscous box (I added it to the boiling water mixture). Still, I'll definitely make this again!"

Trecords58 194177
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2014

"I made this recipe as is and my husband and toddler LOVED IT! I will definitely be making this again soon."

wiscook 118963
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"any suggestions if I want to substitute regular couscous to avoid sodium? what's in the packaged parmesan couscous that I could add in"

Tommy2bago 195764
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"I used chicken stock in place of water and put the chicken in raw. It was thinly cut so cooked though following the above steps.. Great easy dinner"

rhondamattson 194176
Reviewed May. 3, 2012

"Easy and yummy!"

drmpurple 212705
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"Just made this last night and it was very easy to make. Only thing I omitted was the walnuts (due to nut allergy) but entire family loved it. They gave it 4 1/2 and 5 stars. Will make again!!"

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