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Chicken Tenders with Cucumber Salad and Chickpea Couscous


This is a nutrition-packed trio of foods you can put together in half an hour.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, March 2006


  • 1 (1 pound) seedless cucumber
  • 1/2 cup whole flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup couscous


  1. Make salad: Quarter cucumber lengthwise; slice quarters 3/4 inch thick diagonally. In a medium bowl, combine cucumber, parsley, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Set aside.

  2. Make couscous: In a small saucepan, combine chickpeas, raisins, 1 teaspoon oil, 1 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper; bring to a boil. Stir in couscous, and cover pot; remove from heat. Set aside (at least 5 minutes) while cooking chicken. Fluff couscous gently with a fork before serving.

  3. Make chicken: In a medium bowl, combine ginger, coriander, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper. Add chicken and toss to coat.

  4. Cook chicken in two batches: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high; add half the chicken, and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; add remaining tablespoon oil to skillet, and repeat with remaining chicken. Serve with cucumber salad and couscous.

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  • ChefTBaks
    3 SEP, 2010
    Very tasty! Omitted coriander, added garlic powder and cumin to chicken.
  • amyregnier
    22 JUN, 2010
    Sounds delic. Has anyone used quinoa instead of couscous?
  • matan
    25 SEP, 2009
    Delicious, easy, fast, kids loved it. Would add some lemon to the couscous, but definately a repeat.