Tuscan Chicken with Israeli Couscous Salad

There are only a couple handfuls of recipes on this blog that I make repeatedly, simply because I enjoying trying new dishes. Additionally, the majority of recipes on the blog have been posted after only trying it for the first time. The recipe I am sharing with you today, I can confidently say, I’ve made numerous times before, and it will be made many times again.

I created this Tuscan Chicken with Israeli Couscous Salad after ordering a similar version of this dish at Nordstrom’s Cafe. I loved the salad so much, I had to recreate this at home. The flavorful grilled chicken on top of arugula, couscous, and tomatoes creates a complete meal. Although the marinade and seasoning are all store-bought, the sum of the parts equals a dish that’s too good not to repeat.
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Tuscan Chicken with Israeli Couscous Salad

What You Need

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup Garlic Expressions salad dressing, or other Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons good Italian seasoning
  • 1 3/4 cups Israeli couscous
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • 1 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomato salad dressing + more for serving

What To Do

  1. In a small baking dish or zip lock bag, coat the chicken with Italian salad dressing. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over chicken so it is generously coated, using the seasoning as a rub. Marinate chicken for at least 30 minutes, up to 6 hours.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Cook couscous according to package directions, replacing water with chicken broth. When couscous is cooked, transfer to a large bowl to cool. Toss the couscous with 1 tablespoon of the sun-dried tomato salad dressing to avoid sticking.
  4. Meanwhile, place marinated chicken on the grill, cooking roughly 7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. When fully cooked, slice chicken in 1/2-inch thick pieces.
  5. Once couscous has cooled, add arugula, tomatoes, and pine nuts; toss with remaining sun-dried tomato salad dressing.
  6. Spoon couscous mixture into bowls and top with sliced chicken. Serve with additional salad dressing on the side.

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