Arugula, Chicken, and Walnut Couscous


A quick and delicious, fresh, one-pot meal. This is my favorite 'go-to' meal on a busy night. It's full of flavor and really healthy.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • ½ pound shiitake mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • ½ pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 ¼ cups fat-free chicken broth

  • 3 cups ( lightly packed) baby arugula, very coarsely chopped

  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package Parmesan-flavored couscous

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat for about 1 minute and pour olive oil into hot pan. Cook and stir walnuts in hot oil until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer walnuts to a bowl.

  2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in same pan; cook and stir shiitake mushrooms until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove mushrooms from pan. Add 1 more teaspoon olive oil to pan; cook and stir chicken and garlic until chicken is browned and meat is no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes.

  3. Pour chicken broth into chicken mixture, add arugula, and stir contents of couscous seasoning packet into mixture; bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute. Stir couscous into mixture, cover pan, and remove from heat. Let stand until liquid has been absorbed and couscous is tender, about 5 minutes. Add walnuts and basil, lightly fluff couscous with a fork to combine, and serve.

Cook's Note:

This is a very versatile recipe. Spinach (or any green) easily substitutes for arugula; or the chicken can be left out and vegetable broth used to keep it vegetarian. I'd probably add more mushrooms (maybe even portobellos) in this instance, to add a little more volume. Pecans or pine nuts could be used in place of the walnuts, top. If you don't have Parmesan couscous, regular couscous can be used, but top with 1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

323 Calories
11g Fat
35g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 323
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 596mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 176mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.