Greek Chicken Couscous Bowl: Greek Chicken Couscous Bowl, a great change of pace to your basic chicken and rice dishes. This refreshing Greek chicken bowl is simple and fresh with cucumber, tzatziki, red onion, avocado, lemon, tomato, and more. It is a meal that you will want to make again and again.
The ultimate power bowl, this Greek chicken bowl is a filling and flavorful dish. Meal prep this Greek chicken couscous recipe or make it right on the spot. Either way this dish is a great meal for lunch or dinner.
One of my favorite flavors is anything Greek– herbs, lemon, garlic. I mean, combined this is one of the best flavor combos in the world.
You probably guessed that with the numerous Greek inspired recipes already on my blog:
- Greek Chicken Meal Prep Bowls
- Greek Salmon Salad
- Greek Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki
- Greek chicken orzo bowl
- The best Greek Chicken Marinade
And this couscous bowl is no different. It is loaded with all the best Greek flavors! It offers a tasty marinated Greek chicken, grilled to perfection, layered with toasted couscous, crunchy cucumber, sweet tomatoes, brine-y Kalamata olives, the bite of red onion, and creaminess of avocado and tzatziki. Add a splash of lemon juice and some greek dressing, and you have one of those meals that really makes an impression.
One of the things I love best about this delicious power bowl is the couscous. It just adds such a fun texture, subtle flavor, and great carb to this bowl. Of course, right now, low-carb is all the rage, so if that is your thing, skip the couscous and use cauliflower rice instead. But if you do love couscous… here is what you need to know.
What is the Best Way to Cook Couscous?
Couscous is great and once you realize how easy it is to make, watch out. You will want to make it all the time.
So, what is the best way to cook couscous? First of all sometimes the best way to do things is simply just what is the easiest.
To cook couscous, I simply just put a cup of couscous in a pot and add 1 cup of boiling water. Then I mix and cover for 5 minutes. Once liquid is absorbed, I fluff couscous with a fork.
How to Cook Couscous
- Put a cup of couscous in a pot with oil and brown it.
- Then add liquid like water or chicken stock to the pot and bring to a boil
- Mix and cover for five minutes
- Once liquid is absorbed, fluff couscous with a fork
*Note: If you want more couscous, just remember liquid to couscous ratio is a 1:1 ratio. That should be easy to remember.
How Do I Make Couscous More Tasty?
I really like couscous a lot. Yes, I’ll admit couscous on its own is pretty bland. However, having a food start off bland is not a necessarily bad thing.
A food with a neutral flavor equals a food with endless possibilities. Think of the clothes you wear the most. Often times the more neutral shirts or a pair of jeans may get worn a lot more than other bold clothing items because the more basic clothing items can go with so much.
Couscous to me is like your favorite pair of jeans. It can go with almost anything.
So now that we have established the brilliance of couscous and its neutral taste, let’s explore some possibilities.
The Best Ways to Flavor Couscous
- Toast the couscous with oil and seasonings.
- Instead of cooking with water, use chicken, vegetable, or beef stock to enhance the flavor
- Add Sauteed Veggies
- Make a Stir Fry with Couscous
- Add Cheese at the end and Mix Well with Couscous (cheddar, parmesan, etc.)
- Add Your Favorite Spice Blend
What Spices to Add to Couscous?
Saffron. Why not add a little Saffron to your couscous? Saffron rice is amazing so it just makes sense that saffron couscous would be a great partnership as well.
Curry Powder and Tumeric. Feeling like you want to add a little Indian flavor to your meal? Use spices like curry and tumeric in your couscous, plus any other additional flavors that you think would make the dish pop.
Garlic, Oregano, and Basil. Give your couscous an Italian taste. This isn’t a stretch considering couscous is a lot like pasta in flavor.
Simply Garlic. Garlic is a great base. Simplify your couscous and just add a little flavor with garlic and some sautéed onions.
What Can Couscous be Used for?
Because couscous is like your favorite pair of jeans, it can go with so much and be used for so many different purposes. Obviously my favorite use is in a salad like this Easy Greek Pasta Salad or in a power bowl like this Greek Chicken Power Bowl!
Ways to Use Couscous
- Serve as a Side Dish
- Use as a Topping with a Protein
- Add Couscous to a Salad
- Put Couscous in Soup
- Make Couscous Stuffed Peppers
- Use in Stir Fry
- Use Couscous in a Greek Chicken Bowl or Buddha Bowl
I can’t wait for you to try my Greek Chicken Couscous Bowl. It has a little something for everyone. Chicken, avocados, tomato, cucumber, onion, Kalamata olives, tzatziki, and of course couscous. So much goodness in one dish. This Greek Chicken Bowl is amazing!
Just remember, when selecting ingredients for your Greek Chicken Couscous Bowl, you want to have the best and freshest ingredients possible for the best results. Look for:
- Crunchy cucumbers
- Sweet grape tomatoes
- Salty, brined kalamata olives
- Flavorful red onion
- Creamy avocado
Then assemble your power bowl, add a little Greek dressing, and a spoonful of creamy tzatziki and you have an amazing meal. Want it to be low carb? Replace the couscous with some cauliflower rice! Then you have a great protein packed, fat rich, and delicious bowl that fits those lower carb diets like keto!
Looking for a refreshing drink to quench your thirst while eating this deliciousness? Try Mango Margaritas (Non-alcoholic) or Pineapple Limeade. A refreshing drink goes great with a refreshing Greek chicken bowl.
Greek Chicken Couscous bowl
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1.5 cups israeli couscous
- 1.5 cups chicken stock
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken
- 1 recipe Greek Chicken marinade
- 1 cup tzatziki
- 2 avocados
- 1 cup Tomato grape or cherry, halved
- 1 cup cucumber sliced
- 1/2 cup red onion sliced
- 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives
- 4 Lemon wedge
- In a large skillet, add olive oil, and turn to medium heat.
- When oil is hot, add couscous, and toast until a nice golden brown.
- Add chicken stock and turn down to medium low, stir in salt, and cover. Let simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.
- Mix marinade, and reserve half.
- Take other half and put over chicken, marinate at least 30 minutes.
- Bake or pan cook chicken in marinade until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees (approximately 20 minutes baking time at 350 degrees, or 7 minutes per side cooking stove top).
- Assemble bowls by adding couscous to the bottom of 4 bowls. Divide chicken, tzatziki, avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, Kalamata olives, and lemon wedges between the bowls.
- Drizzle the marinade/dressing over the top and enjoy!
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