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Warm Chicken, Pumpkin and Couscous Salad


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Ingredients

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Dressing

  • 1/2 quantity Capsicum and sundried tomato dip (see Everyday Cookbook)
  • 50 g olive oil
  • 100 g lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)

Salad

  • 120 g couscous, rinsed and drained
  • 300 g pumpkin, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 400 g chicken breast fillets, cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 150 g Baby Spinach Leaves

Moroccan Salad option

  • 40 g craisins, raisins or grapes
  • 4-5 dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh mint and/or coriander, leaves only, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 spring onions/shallots, sliced
  • 400 g tinned chickpeas or kidney beans, rinsed and drained

Italian Salad option

  • 40 g toasted pine nuts or cashews
  • 1 tbsp black or kalamata olives
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, diced
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh flat leaf parsley, leaves only
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Recipe's preparation

    Dressing
  1. Place all dressing ingredients into mixing bowl and mix 5 sec/speed 6. Set dressing aside.

  2. Salad
  3. Line the Varoma tray with wet, well-rung baking paper. Spread couscous evenly onto the Varoma tray.

  4. Place pumpkin into the Varoma dish and place chicken on top of pumpkin.

  5. Place IL water into mixing bowl. Place Varoma into position and steam 17 min/Varoma/speed 2. Lightly stir pumpkin and chicken to ensure it is evenly cooked. Cook a further 7-8 min/Varoma/speed 2, or until chicken is cooked through.

  6. Toss chicken, pumpkin, couscous, spinach and reserved dressing with your selected salad variation ingredients to serve.

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Tip

This recipe is featured in the Cooking with Varoma cooking class. To create an all-in-one Varoma meal, you can cook the Chickpea soup (found on Recipe Community) in the mixing bowl during step 2.

Tips

Make sure you rinse the couscous in plenty of water or it will not steam successfully.

For a vegetarian option, replace the chicken breast fillet with cubed vegetables of choice. A few green beans steamed on the Varoma tray can also be added with the rest of the salad.

 

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  • Sarskia:...

    Submitted by Thermomix in Australia on 9. January 2018 - 13:33.

    Sarskia:
    Hi Sarskia

    The dip we are referring to is in the Everyday Cookbook in the Starters, sides and soups chapter. You can make this first and then use it in the above recipe.

    Kind Regards

    Thermomix Head Office

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  • I don't know what dip you are referring to?

    Submitted by Sarskia on 21. December 2017 - 15:34.

    I don't know what dip you are referring to?

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  • The Morroccan version is a real family favourite...

    Submitted by happyhems on 23. February 2017 - 08:45.

    The Morroccan version is a real family favourite at our place. It's so tasty and makes a generous quantity.

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  • This is a great recipe for

    Submitted by nowwherecooking on 2. December 2016 - 18:13.

    This is a great recipe for EASY entertaining. Used quinoa instead. you must soak overnight so it doesn't fall thru basket. Looks great and festive which is good at Christmas time. Can assemble easily for picnics too.

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  • Dinner and lunches covered

    Submitted by AmyZC on 22. August 2016 - 13:55.

    Dinner and lunches covered all in one!! Lovely soup and salad!! 

    Amy Greenwood | Thermomix Consultant | Tasmania | Facebook: Amy Greenwood - Thermo Consultant

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  • great, thank you! Fresh and

    Submitted by Kimmytaylor on 21. January 2016 - 19:20.

    great, thank you! Fresh and easy

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  • Both hubby and I really

    Submitted by Jojolly on 1. October 2015 - 19:43.

    Both hubby and I really enjoyed this dish. This will be a staple dish in my household for sure!!Thanks for the recipe tmrc_emoticons.)

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  • Very tasty and filling salad.

    Submitted by Jacstar1980 on 15. September 2015 - 14:45.

    Very tasty and filling salad.

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  • I finally made this tonight.

    Submitted by Charmain on 23. May 2015 - 21:04.

    I finally made this tonight. It was so yummy. Although I used the couscous pearls instead and as they are a bit bigger needed to use the whole packet which is double the normal couscous. I tweaked the sauce a bit. Instead of lemon juice I used lime juice (as I found the lemon juice was a bit too strong) and I used a bit of the oil from the sundried tomatoes seasoning really well. My family who dont like pumpkin that much, especially my husband ate it all. My husband, who was raving on about it, went back for seconds. Winner winner chicken dinner tmrc_emoticons.)

    Mad About My Thermie

    Thermomix Consultant

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  • A favorite for my husband and

    Submitted by Jacstar1980 on 23. April 2015 - 13:08.

    A favorite for my husband and I. Very filling and delicious taste.

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  • Great dish. easy and tasty.

    Submitted by Mscruse on 28. February 2015 - 16:53.

    Great dish. easy and tasty.

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  • Can't wait to try it have

    Submitted by Nanakath on 21. December 2014 - 17:50.

    Can't wait to try it have never cooked couscous like this before, thanks 

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  • Really Yummy. Will make again

    Submitted by Kate_79 on 22. November 2014 - 08:09.

    Really Yummy. Will make again and try some variations as I think the recipe is very versatile 

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  • Very tasty. Had a bit of

    Submitted by Laura B on 29. October 2014 - 07:46.

    Very tasty. Had a bit of trouble steaming the couscous and ended up doing it in the stove top.....lol. Roasted my pumpkin, just for more flavour. Everyone loved it and we will definitely be making this again. 

    A great summer meal  Glasses

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  • I steamed the pumkin and

    Submitted by kateincottesloe on 16. October 2014 - 22:39.

    I steamed the pumkin and chicken (used thighs, husband prefers them to breasts....) for 25 mins before putting the tray with the cous cous on top for the final 7 minutes.

    The dressing was WAY too vinegar-y.  Did the recipe really mean WHITE vinegar? Or white WINE vinegar?  Next time I will make with white wine vinegar or cider vinegar. 

    I think this would also be really nice with a bit of chilli.  Next time tmrc_emoticons.-)

    Husband happy.  I loved it.  The kids hate everything at the moment, so they had Weetbix.  More for us!!!!

    Kate

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  • really easy, loved it, thank

    Submitted by maddunn on 14. October 2014 - 16:49.

    really easy, loved it, thank you! i popped the apricots and rasins up with the cous cous to steam a little plump and added tahini and lemon juice instead of the dip as we are dairy free at the moment. was delish!

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  • Was tasty but it took much

    Submitted by GemHem on 8. September 2014 - 19:18.

    Was tasty but it took much longer than 25 mins to steam the chicken and pumpkin till cooked...more like 35-40 mins so by then the cous cous was a bit overcooked.

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  • Is is beautiful!! Yum yum

    Submitted by Marina15 on 27. August 2014 - 20:01.

    Is is beautiful!! Yum yum

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  • One of my families most

    Submitted by reecrossy on 27. August 2014 - 16:44.

    One of my families most favourite recipes.  I love the Italian option the best.  Thanks so much!

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  • Yum yum YUM!!! So delicious!

    Submitted by Jodes on 22. August 2014 - 15:52.

    Yum yum YUM!!! So delicious! Definitely will be one to make when we have people over for lunch, or when asked to bring a plate. I love this recipe!

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  • This was just delicious! We

    Submitted by Alea on 21. August 2014 - 20:34.

    This was just delicious! We had the Italian salad and it was loved by all.

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  • Day 3 of my TM.Worked a

    Submitted by Dashbram on 16. August 2014 - 21:47.

    Day 3 of my TM.Worked a treat. Had visitors which were impressed. The left over dip is all gone.  No worries with the couscous. Plenty of leftovers which suits me fine. Follow the recipe and you should not go wrong.

    I will use this more. It is in my collection

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  • yum!  we made the moroccan

    Submitted by LoriO6 on 11. August 2014 - 19:35.

    yum!  we made the moroccan version and hubby and I enjoyed this very much.  Also too the leftovers (it makes alot) to a pot luck the next day and everyone loved it.  

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  • Great for lunch boxes.

    Submitted by Mib8612 on 3. June 2014 - 02:17.

    Great for lunch boxes. Omitted the olive oil to reduce the calories and still very enjoyable. Made the Italian version and cooked the couscous outside the TM after reading the comments.  Will make again.

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  • A regular in our house!

    Submitted by Jo Richards on 26. May 2014 - 19:55.

    A regular in our house! Yummmmm!!!!

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  • Love the Italian version!  

    Submitted by Lyndathermomix on 21. May 2014 - 21:47.

    Love the Italian version!

     

    Lynda Griffin

    Thermomix Consultant

    lyndathermomix@gmail.com

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  • love this

    Submitted by Renate Lazarus on 18. April 2014 - 21:29.

    love this

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  • Delicious, will become a

    Submitted by Thermoturbo on 8. February 2014 - 01:25.

    Delicious, will become a family favourite. 

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  • Awesome recipe! imade the

    Submitted by naomidarrin on 19. January 2014 - 08:09.

    Awesome recipe! imade the moroccan version...not a bad thing was said about it! was a bug hit!

     

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  • such an awesome recipe. my

    Submitted by jazzylion on 18. January 2014 - 12:03.

    such an awesome recipe. my whole family loved it. we did the morrocan version tmrc_emoticons.D

    Cheers,

    Natalie

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  • Made this, but didn't have

    Submitted by Thermo-lish on 27. December 2013 - 13:39.

    Made this, but didn't have much success with the Cous Cous! So I decided to use Quinoa and soaked it overnight, then I followed the rest of the recipe! We served it cold with the Italian Salad option! It was very delicious and no doubt I will be making this again! Will probably make it for work lunches! Loved it!

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  • Delicious :)   This has

    Submitted by DKTwist on 29. October 2013 - 16:35.

    Delicious tmrc_emoticons.)   This has become a popular dinner choice in our family.  And great to have dip leftover as this is my family's absolute favourite.

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  • Can I use burghul instead of

    Submitted by Joplink on 25. October 2013 - 20:50.

    Can I use burghul instead of couscous?

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  • Gluten Free Quinoa

    Submitted by Joanna Rusling - Group Leader on 17. October 2013 - 02:36.

    Gluten Free Quinoa Option

    Weigh 150g quinoa (white, red &/or black) into basket. Rinse quinoa in basket thoroughly, using fingers to assist removal of the bitter outer saponin layer, which makes the water appear like detergent "suds". When there are no more suds, allow excess water to drain then transfer quinoa into a thermoserver and cover with boiling water, place thermoserver lid on and leave for at least 15 minutes. Transfer quinoa back to the basket to drain excess hot water before spreading it onto baking paper in varoma tray as per step 2 of the recipe. If you're organised and have presoaked the quinoa overnight or for several hours you might get away with skipping the partial cooking using boiling water. You cannot miss washing the quinoa though, can make for upset tummies. 

     

    kind regards

    Joanna Rusling

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  • This is so delicious and

    Submitted by Carol Millington on 11. October 2013 - 09:20.

    This is so delicious and makes a good size platter - i love the Morrocan style dressing - lovely served with Cyndi O'Meara's Bible Bread - could also serve with a green salad to bulk out the meal if needs be. tmrc_emoticons.)

     

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  • Hi deegal, As per our tip -

    Submitted by Thermomix in Australia on 10. October 2013 - 17:55.

    Hi deegal,

    As per our tip - can we check if you had rinsed the couscous in plenty of water? If this was missed the couscous will not steam successfully.

    Thermomix Head Office

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  • Hi sgriffin, if you wish to

    Submitted by Thermomix in Australia on 10. October 2013 - 17:52.

    Hi sgriffin, if you wish to replace the couscous with quinoa, we recommend that you soak the quinoa overnight - that will help it cook.

    Thermomix Head Office

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  • Quinoa didn't work!!

    Submitted by Loughill on 10. October 2013 - 15:17.

    Quinoa didn't work!!

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  • Same! Couscous didn't cook at

    Submitted by deegal1975 on 9. October 2013 - 19:54.

    Same! Couscous didn't cook at all! 

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  • Could you use quinoa?  I'm

    Submitted by Loughill on 9. October 2013 - 12:05.

    Could you use quinoa?

     I'm looking for a wheat free alternative to couscous

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  • I must be one of the few

    Submitted by suziesergeant on 22. September 2013 - 19:23.

    I must be one of the few people that thinks this salad is a let down.  It lacks any crunch or any real kick of flavour, apart from the apricots that is.  

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  • I made this for lunch today &

    Submitted by becx_world on 15. August 2013 - 21:20.

    I made this for lunch today & got 10/10 from everyone who ate it tmrc_emoticons.)

    I'm not sure what happened with the couscous though..it was really hard. I ended up just quickly doing it on the stove

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  • This is a wonderful recipe.

    Submitted by SeraJane on 14. August 2013 - 17:25.

    This is a wonderful recipe.  The meal is healthy and beaming of flavour.  Thank you for sharing.  

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  • So so good, will definitely

    Submitted by Nichox4 on 10. August 2013 - 16:00.

    So so good, will definitely make this again!

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  • I made the Moroccan version

    Submitted by mcglonee on 8. July 2013 - 04:35.

    I made the Moroccan version and it was yummy. I'd probably have it as a lunchtime meal rather then a dinner though. Will definitely cook again! Delicious. 

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  • I love this recipe. It always

    Submitted by Frogdancer on 6. July 2013 - 07:14.

    I love this recipe. It always works and it tastes so good with the dressing. 

    Frogdancer

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  • Ooooh I tried this at a

    Submitted by kaz_101 on 18. June 2013 - 10:38.

    Ooooh I tried this at a cooking class I went to last week, so glad I've found the recipe!!

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