Pesto Chicken Couscous

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.
Servings 1 portion


  • 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 (or 1/2 cup leftover chicken)
  • 3 tbsp basil pesto 45 mL
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 15 mL


  • In the mug, microwave water on High for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until water is boiling. Stir in couscous. Cover with a plate and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in chicken and pesto. Microwave on High for 1 to 1 1/2 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.