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Pesto Chicken Couscous in a Mug

March 18, 2019

Keep a jar of basil pesto in the refrigerator − it will guarantee a multitude of tasty meals in minutes, 24/7. Need proof? Try this delicious couscous and chicken mug - it's ideal for Spring.

Ingredients Makes 1

1⁄2 cup water 125 mL
1⁄2 cup couscous 125 mL
1⁄2 can (5 oz/142 g) water-packed chunk chicken, drained and flaked 1⁄2
3 tbsp basil pesto 45 mL
Salt and ground black pepper
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 15 mL


  • 16-oz (375 to 500 mL) mug
  1. In the mug, microwave water on High for 11⁄2 to 21⁄2 minutes or until water is boiling. Stir in couscous. Cover with a plate and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in chicken and pesto. Microwave on High for 1 to 11⁄2 minutes or until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Either regular or whole wheat couscous can be used. Freeze the remaining chicken in a small sealable freezer bag. Be sure to label the bag with the contents. Store for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator or microwave before using. You can replace the canned chicken with 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) diced cooked or deli chicken or turkey.
Measure the couscous into a small airtight container; store at room temperature. Measure the chicken and pesto into a small airtight container; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


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