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Simple Sesame Chicken with Couscous

I created this dish after my three kids tried Chinese takeout and asked for more. To make things easy for myself, I typically use a rotisserie chicken from the deli. —Naylet LaRochelle, Miami, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat couscous
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup reduced-fat Asian toasted sesame salad dressing, divided
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • Chopped peanuts, optional


  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 5-10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add coleslaw mix; cook and stir 3-4 minutes or just until tender. Add green onions, 2 tablespoons dressing and couscous; heat through. Remove couscous from pan; keep warm.
  • In same skillet, add chicken and remaining dressing; cook and stir over medium heat until heated through. Serve over couscous; top with cilantro and, if desired, peanuts.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup couscous with 1/2 cup chicken mixture (calculated without peanuts): 320 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 442mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.
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  • PrplMonky5
    Jun 27, 2020

    This was really good and very easy to make. I think next time I will add extra coleslaw though, as we really liked that part (personal preference). I also could see how this could be changed to different "styles". Put in different ingredients in the couscous (chopped fresh spinach for example) and maybe use a creamy Italian dressing. This is a very versatile recipe!

  • deidra perry
    Aug 11, 2019

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  • Steph
    Jun 7, 2018

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  • Sarah
    Jun 2, 2018

    This was really fast and tasty. We think it would be just as tasty cold as it was hot (we'll find out if we are correct tomorrow at lunch!) We also think you could add so many things - broccoli, more carrots, mandarin oranges, or dried cranberries, etc...

  • sandilh
    Nov 23, 2017

    Very easy and tasty. I used quinoa instead of the couscous since that's what I had in the cupboard. Also added chopped broccoli and carrots to increase the veggie content.

  • DianeC23
    Feb 24, 2015

    VERY easy to make, and it's tasty. I need to add more than two cups of coleslaw mix next time, but I'll be making this again.