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Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Herbed Couscous

Recipe photo courtesy of John Kernick

Thanks to fresh mint and lemon zest, this stuffing has plenty of vibrancy. For a quick flavor switch, try cilantro or basil instead of mint, and walnuts instead of pine nuts. Use a spoon to pack in the couscous; most of it will stay put as you saute the chicken, but any that falls out won't burn.

Source: Everyday Food, September 2007
Total Time Prep Servings



Cook's Notes

Couscous is a Middle Eastern staple; just like pasta, it's made from semolina flour. At the store, you'll find it by the rice and grains.

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  • marywoodro4984859
    28 FEB, 2016
    I've made this twice now. I do stuff the chicken as breast can be a bit dry. I make about double the couscous though as the chicken portion needs more couscous than I can stuff. I also serve wedges of lemon and mint to garnish.
  • Smoothis
    14 OCT, 2010
  • jdorourk
    25 JUL, 2010
    very good. I made it easier and just cooked the chicken by itself and served it with the couscous on the side. I ended up using parsley instead of mint and added some dried cranberries. kind of tasted like tabbouleh. As a side dish I made the recipe Roasted Carrots with Feta and Parsley from this website.
  • LGW
    20 AUG, 2008
    It was real good! My husband loved it, was something new.
  • Timbo
    11 AUG, 2008
    I added 5 diced dried apricots to the cous mixture. Also at the time of turning the breasts I used a nice chicjken stock instead of water. Kep adding small amount to keep the pan from drying up. This made a really nice caremelized broth. I added some left over cous to this broth and let it soak up all that love...... Very Delicious I'll make this again. Enjoy!
  • krunyen
    20 MAY, 2008
    This was fantastic! I used cilantro in the couscous. So moist and delicious! And good for you! Will make this many times over!
  • anniepoonanny
    18 MAR, 2008
    This was an awesome twist on just plain old chicken breasts. I think I used too much basil though. I served it with a salad.
  • Colleenk3293
    14 FEB, 2008
    This is really good! It has a lot of flavor!
  • lnikoleb
    28 JAN, 2008
    I really love this dish. However, I usually substitute fresh basil for the mint since my boyfriend dislikes anything remotely sweet unless it's dessert! :) I also add garlic to the couscous and omit the pine nuts (he doesn't like nuts either). But at least those are his only food idiosyncrasies. Happy cooking!
  • gardenangel
    24 JAN, 2008
    Easy and delicious. I used fresh parsley instead. Made the peas and carrots.. loved the carrots( thinly sliced on the mandolin). Very tender.

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