Grilled Lemon Chicken and Moroccan Couscous Salad

The couscous came out so gorgeous! So colorful and delightful. This could easily be a vegetarian recipe by substituting the chicken broth with vegetable broth. I also loved that the veggies were not cooked, they only get a light steaming due to the hot couscous when you combine them. The smell was incredible! Lemon chicken in any form is popular in our house, especially when grilled. This is just a classic, simple way to prepare chicken. Great meal!

 cous cous and chicken

Grilled Lemon Chicken and Moroccan Couscous Salad
Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit August 2008


2 cups low-salt chicken broth (use veggie broth to make this vegetarian)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 10-ounce box plain couscous
1/2 cup raisins
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
1 large carrot, peeled, quartered lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
1 cup trimmed sugar snap peas, cut in half
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice


2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for drizzling
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
5 large skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds (optional)
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

  1. Marinate the chicken
  2. Prepare the CousCous
  3. Grill the chicken
  4. Serve

For couscous:
Bring chicken broth, 1 tablespoon oil, ginger, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin to boil in heavy large saucepan. Stir in couscous and remove from heat. Scatter raisins over, cover, and let stand until couscous softens, about 10 minutes. Fluff couscous with fork, breaking up any lumps with fingertips. Transfer couscous to large bowl. Add cucumber, red bell pepper, carrot, green beans, and lemon peel. Whisk remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and lemon juice in small bowl. Add to couscous; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For chicken:
Place 2 1/2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken and seal bag, releasing any excess air; turn several times to coat. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Alternatively, chill 1 to 3 hours and bring to room temperature before continuing.

Prepare barbecue (high heat). (or Griddler in our NYC Apartment’s case) Brush grill rack with oil. Transfer chicken from bag to barbecue with some marinade still clinging and grill until slightly charred and just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to platter and let rest 10 minutes. Sprinkle almonds over, if desired and garnish with lemon wedges.

cous cous

I love these colors!!

Turkey Piccata & Vegan Cauliflower and Swiss Chard over Mushroom Couscous

Michael and I made dinner together tonight which was so fun! Thank goodness he was there to help out because my fingers were covered in dredging flour. Plus with him sauteing the turkey, I was able to dredge the pieces at the same time. This would have taken so much longer if I was doing both since there were so many pieces of turkey! I know this is strange, but I loved seeing how these little pieces of turkey became these really wide and flat pieces after pounding. So cool! There is a ton of butter in this dish, but it does serve 4-6 people and every once in a while it is ok to splurge like that! Plus the shallot sauce looked so good! They were so pink and smelled so good!


Turkey Piccata

Adapted from Alton Brown’s Recipe
Serves 4-6


  • 1 whole turkey breast, approximately 2-3 pounds
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves


Preheat oven to 200 degrees F, or turn your warming drawer on.

Cut the turkey breast crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Place pieces of turkey, 1 at a time, between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Squirt the meat lightly with water and squirt the top of the plastic wrap as well. Pound to no less than 1/8 inch thickness.

Season both sides of meat with salt and pepper and then dredge in flour. Shake off the excess flour. Set aside.

In a large saute pan over medium to medium high heat, heat olive oil and 4 tablespoons butter. Once hot, but not yet smoking, brown turkey scaloppine quickly, about 1 minute on each side, and remove to an ovenproof platter. Place in oven to keep warm. I love my warming drawer for times like these, so that is where my turkey went.

Reduce the heat to low and add the shallots to the pan. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes or until they begin to turn translucent. Add wine and lemon juice to the pan and simmer until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, if necessary. Pour sauce over turkey, sprinkle with parsley, and serve immediately.

Cauliflower and Swiss Chard over Mushroom Couscous

This could definitely be a vegan entree. It looked really good! Plus I was happy to serve something so healthy next to the turkey.  To me there is nothing like fresh herbs, so if you have them available I would suggest that.
Serves 2 entrees or 4 appetizer dishes

1 bunch of red swiss chard, chopped
2 cups of cauliflower florets
1/2 cup baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup dry whole wheat couscous
1 cup water
1 teaspoon dried tarragon, or fresh
1/2 teaspoon dried sage, ground or fresh
garlic powder to taste
salt to taste

Put red swiss chard, cauliflower and olive oil into a pot with a lid and cook on medium heat until swiss chard is cooked down and cauliflower has softened slightly. Add sage, tarragon, lemon juice and any salt. Turn off and let sit covered.

Bring water and mushrooms to a boil, turn off heat, and add dried couscous. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve cauliflower and swiss chard over couscous.

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