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Pesto couscous with chargrilled chicken

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  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • No added sugar
  • High in dietary fibre
  • High in protein

We love a veggie-packed meal that’s hearty and delicious – and this pesto couscous with chargrilled chicken is just that.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time10 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + 5 mins resting time
Pesto couscous with chargrilled chicken


  • 2 corn cobs, husks and silks removed
  • 2 large Coles RSPCA Approved Chicken Breast Fillets, halved horizontally
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp Tuscan seasoning
  • 1 cup (200g) couscous
  • 1 1/4 cups (310ml) boiling water
  • 1/4 cup (65g) basil pesto
  • 2 red capsicums, seeded, chopped
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, stoned, peeled, chopped
  • 60g Coles Australian Baby Rocket

Pesto dressing

  • 2 tbs basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup (100g) mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 3774kJ/904 Cals (43%), Protein: 53g (106%), Fat: 49g (70%), Sat Fat: 8g (33%), Sodium: 570mg (29%), Carb: 56g (18%), Sugar: 15g (17%), Dietary Fibre: 13g (43%).

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  1. Step 1

    Heat a barbecue or chargrill on medium-high. Spray corn with olive oil spray. Cook, turning occasionally, for 10 mins or until tender and lightly charred. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool slightly. Use a serrated knife to cut down the sides of the cobs to release the kernels.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, combine the chicken, oil and Tuscan seasoning in a large bowl. Cook on the grill for 4-5 mins each side or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and loosely cover with foil. Set aside for 5 mins to rest. Thinly slice.

  3. Step 3

    Place couscous in a large heatproof bowl. Pour over the boiling water and stir to combine. Cover and set aside for 2-3 mins or until the liquid is absorbed. Use a fork to separate the grains. Add the pesto and stir to combine. Season.

  4. Step 4

    To make the pesto dressing, whisk the pesto, buttermilk, mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl. Season.

  5. Step 5

    Add the corn, capsicum, tomato, avocado and rocket to the couscous mixture. Gently toss to combine. Divide among serving plates. Top with chicken and drizzle with the pesto dressing.

Recipe tip

Don’t toss the corn cobs – freeze in a plastic bag and use to flavour homemade stock, or pop in your compost bin.

Buy it right
Look for pesto in the condiments aisle. Or, make your own using whatever herbs you have on hand and the recipe at

Store it right
Leftover pesto will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Cover the pesto with a layer of olive oil to stop air getting in and causing it to go off quickly.

Cook it right
Pesto is a winner added to creamy pasta sauce or drizzled over soups.