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Walnut pesto and chicken couscous

Chargrilling the veggies adds a sweet and smoky taste to this tasty dish – not mention making the plate look amazing!


• 1 cup couscous
• 1 cup boiling water
• 1 (500g) eggplant, cut into thin rounds
• 2 large (450g) zucchini, diagonally sliced
• 250g small cherry tomatoes, halved
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 (250g) chicken breast fillet
• 1/2 cup fresh reduced-fat ricotta, crumbled

For the walnut pesto…

• 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted
• 2 cups fresh basil leaves (see note)
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• 1/4 cup grated parmesan
• 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
• 1/2 cup olive oil


It’s as easy as….

Step 1

Make Walnut pesto Place walnuts, basil, garlic, parmesan, vinegar and oil in a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Place couscous in a medium heatproof bowl. Add boiling water. Cover. Stand for 5 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed. Fluff couscous with a fork to separate grains. Add half the pesto. Toss to combine. Set aside.

Step 3

Heat a barbecue chargrill or large chargrill pan on medium-high heat. Brush eggplant, zucchini and tomato with half the oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook eggplant and zucchini, in batches, for 2 to 3 minutes each side or until tender. Transfer to a baking dish. Cover to keep warm. Add tomato to chargrill. Cook, turning, for 1 to 2 minutes or until softened.

Step 4

Drizzle chicken with remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes each side or until browned and cooked through. Slice

Step 5

Divide couscous between plates. Top with vegetables and chicken. Spoon over ricotta and drizzle with remaining pesto. Serve.

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