Apple, Chicken and Couscous Salad: Seasonal Chef Recipe


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Apple, Chicken and Couscous Salad: Seasonal Chef Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Apple, Chicken and Couscous Salad: Seasonal Chef Recipe

This dish is a perfect way to use up your leftover rotisserie chicken. However, any protein will work, or simply serve it on its own.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¾ - 1 cup leek, pale green and white parts cut in ½ “slice
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 ¼ cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 2 cups Gala apple, peeled and cut in ½” dice
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, finely chopped, and divided
  • 2 cups leftover rotisserie chicken
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. In a medium sauté pan, over low heat, melt the butter and add the leeks with ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Sauté the leeks for 2-3 minutes or until soft.
  2. Raise the heat and add the chicken stock along with ¼ teaspoon of salt. When the stock comes to a boil, add the couscous, lower the heat and cover. Set the timer for 5 minutes.
  3. Mix in the apples, chicken and 1 tablespoon of thyme. Lower the heat and replace the lid. Set the timer for 3 minutes.
  4. In a small glass jar add the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, a pinch of salt and pepper. Shake vigorously until blended. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  5. Place the couscous and chicken mix in a bowl and drizzle the dressing over it. Sprinkle on the remaining thyme and toss well. Taste for seasoning and serve.


About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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