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Giant couscous bowl with chicken & homemade cashew pesto

Points® value
Total Time
25 min
15 min
10 min
An easy meal-in-a-bowl made extra special with a generous spoonful of punchy, homemade cashew and basil pesto.


Merchant Gourmet Wholewheat Giant Couscous

240 g

Basil, fresh

50 g, leaves picked

Cashew Nuts

40 g, unsalted


1 clove(s), roughly chopped

Parmesan Cheese

40 g, finely grated

Olive Oil

1½ tablespoon(s)

Cherry Tomatoes

10 individual, halved

Chicken breast, skinless, grilled

200 g, sliced


½ zest(s) of 1, grated


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the couscous and cook for 8 minutes until tender. Drain, cool under cold running water, then drain again. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, put 40g of the basil in a mini food processor with the cashews and garlic, then pulse until combined. Add the Parmesan and process to a coarse purée. With the motor still running, gradually add the oil, followed by 50ml water, until the mixture reaches a pesto-like consistency. Season to taste and set aside.
  3. Thinly slice the remaining basil and add it to the drained couscous along with the tomatoes and lemon zest and juice. Toss to combine.
  4. Divide the couscous between bowls and top with the chicken. Spoon over the cashew pesto then serve seasoned with freshly ground black pepper.