One Pot Meal: Cheesy Couscous with Chicken & Spinach

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I made a delicious lunch today and just wanted to share the recipe with you guys. It was delicious, satisfying, quick, easy, and made in just one pot. Love that!


This recipe only calls for 6 ingredients:


  • 1 cup chopped spinach (frozen or fresh)
  • 1.5 cups chunked chicken
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or cow’s milk)
  • 4 wedges of The Laughing Cow Light French Onion
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup uncooked pearl/Israeli couscous (regular couscous or quinoa would probably work too)

Directions: Cook pearl/Israeli couscous as instructed by directions on package in a large pot on the stove top. When it is finished cooking, add the wedges of cheese, spinach, milk, garlic powder, and chicken to the pot while it is still hot. Mix well. Serve immediately.


Mmm! This dish turned out so well, and it would definitely make great leftovers. You could easily make it for dinner one night and then save half for lunch the next day. Easy-peasy.

cheesy cous

Question of the Day

What’s for dinner tonight?



  1. Does that recipe make one serving or two? It seems like a huge serving since cous cous usually doubles once it’s cooked. I’m definitely making that soon! I love your simple ingredient recipes!

  2. For dinner tonight? Two words: Olive. Garden. 😀

    We’ve got a giant Costco bag of couscous I’ve been wanting to work through – now I’m inspired to do just that. I’m thinking toss in some onions and switch to the chipotle Laughing Cow…Mexican couscous!

  3. Sadly I can’t have cous-cous as it’s not gluten-free. However, I’ll bet this would be awesome with quinoa as you suggested, or rice. Even spaghetti squash would work here!

    Tonight I’m making Greek chicken, lemon and spinach soup and prepping a few recipes for my blog for the week.

  4. I stuck a roast in the oven over lunch, looking forward to my own one-pot dinner waiting for me at home 😉

    p.s. I really like your pot! Kind of a weird comment I know.

  5. I have pretty much the busiest day ever, but I’m going to grab salad from one of my favorite restaurants between meetings: spinach + romaine, raisins, red peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, egg, turkey, and raspberry vinaigrette. Mmm…

  6. Looks fresh and tasty!
    I’m going to broil tofu and eat with veggies and a sweet potato. I haven’t had tofu in ages and thought I’d give it another try once in a while.

  7. I think it’s a little strange that you keep using the Laughing Cow wedges for cooking. I guess I only think of them as individually wrapped snack things, rather than a cooking ingredient.

    Is this a sponsored post?

  8. I dont know why, but the words “chunked chicken” always give me the willies! Ha! Besides that, the recipe sounds awesome!

  9. Pearl couscous looks so cute. Tonight was going to be pumpkin & goat cheese risotto, but now I think I’ll save that meal for tomorrow when we visit the in-laws. Can Easter cookies count as dinner 😉

  10. Girl, I have been following your blog since god knows when.. 2005? You know this. Ever since you started Cross Fit, your recipes have been AWESOME. I am literally obsessed. From the cheesy Brussels sprouts an leeks, to the coconut pancakes, chocolate chip paleo cookies, avocado chicken salad, that recent chicken sausage dish, and now this cheesy cous cous salad!? I know it is not all Paleo, but is is all so BALANCED, and delicious. Please don’t stop! haha Thanks 😀

  11. Yum!! I’ve done this with quinoa, but I love the idea of doing it with couscous! You should try The Laughing Cow swiss or mozzarella, sun-dried tomato & basil + marinara + quinoa…tastes like lasagna! 🙂

  12. I’m sorry, but I’m so confused about your gut problems! You seemed to cut out cheese and most wheat, going primarily gluten free for quite awhile, and now you seem to be back on cheese and more wheat based carbs? Am I missing something? LOL! Sorry- just confused. What is the status of your issues? I have issues of my own and was following for feedback but I can’t seem to follow…you’ve lost me!

    1. I’ve never really cut out anything. I’ve been eating dairy, gluten, and drinking booze all along. I tried some gluten-free products because most are rice-based and low-residue, which agree with my digestive system better than those with gluten and fiber.

      I have an autoimmune disease (my body attacks itself), so it’s not the food that I eat that causes the disease. When I’m having a flare, certain foods make things worse, but when I’m well (like I am now), nothing really upsets my system.

  13. Man, I wish they would start selling those special flavoured Laughing Cow cheese wedges in Holland too! They sound so good!!

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