Couscous Salad with Chicken and Apricots

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calcium 76 mg
Calories 613
Caloriesfromfat 0 %
Carbohydrate 41 g
Cholesterol 129 mg
Fat 24 g
Fiber 4 g
Iron 4 mg
Protein 55 mg
Satfat 4 g
Sodium 318 mg


1 1/2 cups instant couscous
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus 6 sprigs
1 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
6 tablespoons olive oil
4 spicy grilled chicken breasts
3 fresh apricots (or ripe nectarines, peaches, or plums), pitted and cut into bite-size chunks
1 small shallot, thinly sliced in rings
1/2 cup unsalted pistachio nuts, shelled
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


Place the couscous in a medium bowl. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil and stir in the cinnamon, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour the mixture over the couscous. Cover and let stand until the couscous is soft, about 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Stir in the parsley, mint, and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Set aside. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and place in a medium bowl. Add the apricots, shallot, and pistachios. Drizzle with the vinegar and the remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the couscous among 6 dinner plates. Arrange the chicken salad over the couscous. Garnish with the parsley sprigs and serve.

Stephana Bottom,

Real Simple

June 2004
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