Thursday, November 12, 2009

Couscous Chicken Salad

One of my highschool friends has a baby who recently turned 1! To celebrate his birthday she had a playdate/luchdate party - it was so fun. The kids played while mommies chatted, then, she threw out a large blanket for an indoor picnic. The menu included Chicken Couscous Salad and Fruit salad for the moms. The kiddies feasted on cut-up fruit, crackers, goldfish, string cheese and fruit snacks (for the older siblings). It was a great simple party idea that everyone really enjoyed!
{Couscous Chicken Salad}
adapted from Kim Smith
1 can chicken broth
1 1/4 C quick cooking couscous
1/2 C golden raisins
1 C coarsely chopped cucumber
1/2 C chopped celery
1 tsp orange zest
2 Tbsp chopped green onion
2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1/2 C chopped pecans, toasted

In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Stir in couscous. Cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Combine all salad ingredients and stir.

2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of pepper
3 Tbsp vegetable oil

Shake to combine all ingredients. Pour over salad and stir to coat.

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