Zesty Couscous with Grilled Chicken

Photography By: Donna Griffith | Food Styling By: Sasha Seymour via FacingCancer.ca

Nothing is the same after a cancer diagnosis, including your relationship with food. Registered dietitian Geneviève Nadeau wrote Bien manger pendant et après un cancer (Eating Well During and After Cancer, 2011) to help patients find new eating strategies.  “After losing my mother to cancer,” she says, “I wanted to give people hope that they can still live well both during treatment and recovery.” The key to putting zip into your diet? Choose foods that can help relieve treatment side effects and give you a nutritional boost.

Zesty Couscous with Grilled Chicken

Good for Constipation, undernourishment, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite, nauseaZesty Couscous with Grilled Chicken

Not good for Dry mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, inflamed mouth

Makes: 4 portions Preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 20 minutes


  • 500 mL (2 cups) water
  • 250 mL (1 cup) whole wheat couscous
  • 10 mL (2 tsp) ground turmeric
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) chili sauce
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 250 mL (1 cup) canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • Black pepper to taste
  • One grilled chicken breast, hot or cold


1. Bring water to a boil. Pour water into a bowl, then add couscous, turmeric and chili sauce. Let sit until the couscous is tender.
2. Meanwhile, sauté the vegetables in a non-stick pan (with a very small amount of oil if necessary) for 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the chickpeas and stir.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the cooked couscous, vegetables and chickpeas. Sprinkle with green onions and add pepper to taste.
4. Serve with grilled chicken breast. For a moister texture, top the chicken breast with tomato sauce or hot applesauce.


For more information on cancer and nutrition, visit facingcancer.ca.


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