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  • TM 5
published: 2016/12/08
changed: 2017/10/23


Basil Pesto Dressing

  • 20-30 g Parmesan cheese, block
  • 20 g Basil,fresh, leaves only, (4-6 sprigs)
  • 10 g Flat leaf Parsley, leaves only, (4 sprigs)
  • 1-2 Chillies, to taste, optional
  • 80 g Cashews
  • 20 g apple cider vinegar
  • 30 g olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 15 g olive oil, extra
  • 50 g lemon juice

Warm Chicken, veg and cous cous

  • 250 g Cauliflower, cut into florettes, (approx. 1/4 cauli)
  • 150 g Butternut pumpkin, 2cm cubes, (1-2 slices)
  • 2 Carrots, sliced julienne
  • 170 g Broccoli, cut into florettes, (approx. 1/2 broccoli)
  • 700 g water
  • 100 g Israeli couscous (pearl cous cous)
  • 500 g Chicken breast, 2-3cm cubed


  • 100 g Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 2-3 Radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes, cut in halves (1 punnet)
  • 1-2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 60 g snow peas, (handful), chopped
  • 50 g Kalamata Olives, pitted and halved
  • 30 g pine nuts, to garnish

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    Warm Chicken and cous cous salad with Basil pesto dressing
  1. 1. Place chopped cauliflower, pumpkin, carrots and broccoli into the Varoma bowl in that order. Place the cubed chicken breast pieces on the Varoma tray, place on top of the Varoma bowl, lid on top, set aside.

    2. Make the basil pesto:

    Place the parmesan cheese in TM bowl, grate 10sec/sp 9, set aside. Place basil leaves, parsley leaves, chillies (if using), cashews, vinegar, 30g olive oil, salt and pepper in TM bowl, Turbo 1sec, 2 times, scrape down sides, Turbo 1sec, 2 more times. Add parmesan, 15g olive oil and lemon juice, mix 4-5sec/Counter-clockwise operation"Counter-clockwise operation" /Sp 3. Set dressing aside. Wash bowl.

    3. Place the simmering basket in the TM bowl, weigh cous cous into it, take the simmering basket out and rinse cous cous under running water. Place 700g of water in the TM bowl, then the simmer basket in position inside the TM bowl. Put the lid on then place the Varoma bowl with the vegetables and chicken in position on top. Cook 15min/Varoma/Sp 2.

    4. While the chicken and veg are cooking, put your salad ingredients (except the pine nuts) into a Thermo Server or large serving dish.

    5. When the time is up for the steaming chicken and veg, stir the chicken around and cook a further 7min/Varoma/Sp 1. Check that chicken is cooked through. Set the steamed chicken and vegetables aside while you remove the simmering basket with the cous cous in it, quickly run it under cold water to stop the cooking process, stir it around to break it up a bit, let it drain a little as you start to assemble everything.

    Mix chicken, steamed vegetables together, then gently mix this into the salad mixture, as well as adding the basil dressing and cous cous.

    Garnish with pine nuts and serve immediately.


This can easily be a vegetarian dish by leaving the chicken out, cook the vegetables for 15 min then, no longer.

This meal can also be prepped early if need be. The chopped vegetables can go in the Varoma in the fridge, the chicken can be chopped early but don't store on the Varoma tray early, keep it in a ceramic dish in the fridge. The salad and Basil pesto dressing can also be made early and stored separately in the fridge. Then get it all out half an hour before dinner time.

Other vegetables suitable for steaming are stringless beans (cut in 2cm lengths), zuchini (cubed), baby squash (quartered), tinned chick peas(rinsed and drained). For the salad, celery (sliced), capsicum (sliced), red onion (sliced)

Do not use instant or fine cous cous, this only works with Israeli cous cous or also known as Pearl cous cous.

Thermomix Model

  • Appliance TM 5 image
    Recipe is created for
    TM 5
    If you are using a Thermomix® TM6 measuring cup with your Thermomix® TM5:
    For cooking (simmering) at temperatures of 95°C or above (200°F), the simmering basket should always be used instead of the TM6 measuring cup, as the TM6 measuring cup fits tightly in the lid. The simmering basket rests loosely on top, is steam-permeable, and also prevents food spatter from the mixing bowl.
    Please note that the TM5 mixing bowl has a larger capacity than the TM31 (capacity of 2.2 liters instead of 2.0 liters for TM 31). Recipes for the Thermomix TM5 may not be cooked with a Thermomix TM31 for safety reasons without adjusting the quantities. Risk of scalding by spraying of hot liquids: Do not exceed the maximum filling quantity and observe the filling level markings of the mixing bowl!

This recipe was provided to you by a Thermomix ® customer and has not been tested by Vorwerk Thermomix ® or The Mix Australia Pty Ltd and The Mix New Zealand Ltd.
Vorwerk Thermomix ® and The Mix Australia Pty Ltd and The Mix New Zealand Ltd assume no liability, particularly in terms of ingredient quantities used and success of the recipes.
Please observe the safety instructions in the Thermomix ® instruction manual at all times.


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