Apple Walnut Chicken Couscous

by Jenny on March 23, 2011

Quick March Goal update…

I went to the grocery store for only second actual food shopping trip this month and I kept to my list and kept under budget! Woohooo!! :)  Point for Jenny!

Sooo obviously I went grocery shopping after work, stopped home to drop off all my new delicious food and then turned right back around to head out to my basketball game.

We won again…two week win streak…look out!  It was actually the last regular season game and playoffs start in two weeks.  They are single elimination so I’m pretty sure we won’t be playing much longer than the first round.  Sad.

Dinner

When I got back home I got straight to making dinner.  I wasn’t too hungry but I knew that if I didn’t make something with substance, that when I wake up tomorrow for my workout I’ll be starving.  Since I don’t like eating before my early, early workouts, I knew I didn’t want to have to suffer through a workout with my stomach growling.

I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to eat but ended up altering a recipe that I have used for rice before to make a perfect sized meal that was just as perfectly tasty.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. apple juice
  • handful chopped walnuts
  • 1 medium apple chopped
  • 4 oz. chicken
  • Tastefully Simple onion onion
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste

I first cut the chicken into small pieces, sprinkled with salt and pepper and added to a pan over medium heat.  While the chicken was cooking, I put the apple juice, walnuts, cinnamon, onion onion and apple pieces into a medium saucepan.

Get your boil on!

I brought the apple juice and additional contents to a boil and then added in the couscous.  Once the couscous was stirred in, I removed the pan from the heat and covered it.  Letting it sit for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, I fluffed the couscous mixture with a fork and moved to a serving bowl.

Fluffed couscous

I topped it with the cooked chicken and sat down to enjoy!

Topped with chicken

Apple Walnut Chicken Couscous

Like  I said before, I’ve made this before as a side dish with brown rice instead of couscous, hold the chicken, which where the idea for this meal began.  I think I may like it better with the couscous than the rice.  Very happy I gave it a whirl tonight!

Altogether it’s the perfect mix of sweet and savory and the different tastes really compliment one another.  I suggest making it!!! If you don’t want to make it as a complete meal with the chicken included, try it as a side dish.  I think it would be a perfect accompaniment to pork chops.

As for now, I’m beat…I was hoping to finish unpacking and get my room back in order tonight but I think watching the end of SVU and calling it a night sounds much better!

Planning on making it to an early morning Group Power class tomorrow.  Can’t wait! :)

Enjoy your night!

xo

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