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Cheesy Mexican Couscous Chicken #ChoppedAtHome

Hi Everyone,

Have you ever watched the TV show on Food Network called Chopped? Well Chopped has come to Peanut Butter and Peppers today. I have 4 ingredients I have to use; Sargento® Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican, couscous, boneless chicken tenders, and salsa. What do I make? The pressure is on.

I debated on making tacos, then I thought of chicken tenders on a bed of couscous and then I came up with today’s recipe, Cheesy Mexican Chicken Couscous. This dish is amazing and very simple to make. It’s couscous with chopped chicken and mixed with salsa and topped with Sargento® Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican. It’s cheesy, delicious and makes for a great dinner and even better as leftovers.

To make the dish I cooked my couscous in chicken broth and while that was cooking I cooked my chicken tenders in a frying pan. Once the chicken was cooked, I chopped it up into bite size pieces. I added the couscous to the skillet, and mixed it was salsa and chicken. For the salsa I used chipotle garlic. Yum! My new favorite! Then I topped my skillet with Sargento® Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican. I placed my skillet under the broiler and cooked it until the cheese was melted. Amazing! Before serving I topped it with some fresh cilantro. Just because I love the heat I also added a little bit of hot sauce. You know me and my hot sauce.
I am so loving Sargento® Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican. It adds that extra pinch of flavor the recipe needs. Plus, oh my gosh the cheese! It’s so gooey, cheesy, creamy and simply one of my favorite loves! I have totally been on a cheese kick lately and my family is very happy with that!

Cheesy Mexican Couscous Chicken
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An easy quick good for you dinner, made with couscous, chopped chicken that has been mixed with salsa and topped with melted Mexican cheese.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 5 servings
  • 1 cup Couscous
  • 1¾ cups chicken broth or water
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lbs. Chicken tenders, boneless, skinless
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup salsa (Your favorite kind)
  • 1½ cups Sargento® Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped (optional)
  1. In a medium pot bring water or chicken broth to a boil Add Couscous and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile in a 10" oven safe skillet, add olive oil and chicken tenders. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook each side for about 4 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Take the chicken out the skillet once cooked and cut up into bite size pieces.
  4. Heat broiler on low
  5. In the skillet you cooked the chicken in, spray with cooking spray, and add the cooked couscous, chicken and salsa. Mix until combined. Sprinkle the top with cheese.
  6. Place in the broiler and cook until cheese is melted, about 3- 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro, is desired.
I used Chipotle Garlic Salsa, but you can use any kind you like.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: Approx. 1 cup Calories: 372 Fat: 14 Carbohydrates: 29 Sugar: 0 Sodium: 530 Fiber: 2.3 Protein: 32 Cholesterol: 82

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Have a great weekend! I will be packing up and heading to Napa Valley for a week long work conference.



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