Cuties Chicken Couscous

Cuties Chicken Couscous Salad with Curry Vinaigrette

Serves 4

Chicken cutie couscous…Go to recipe. The ingredients are not all that expensive and last for several batches. Substitute cuties for canned mandarin oranges when the former is not in season.

1 (10-ounce) package plain couscous
3 fresh mandarins, peeled and separated into segments
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
1 bunch green onions, sliced, including some green top (about 1/2 cup total), divided
12 ounces frozen grilled chicken strips, heated according to package directions
Curry Vinaigrette (recipe below)

1. Prepare couscous according to package directions, and transfer to a large bowl. Stir mandarin segments, cranberries, nuts and half of the green onions into couscous. Add half of the vinaigrette and toss well.

2. Arrange couscous on a large serving platter and top with chicken. Drizzle evenly with remaining vinaigrette and garnish with the remaining green onions. Serve immediately.

Curry Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup mandarin juice or white wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, 1 teaspoon honey and 1/3 cup canola or other vegetable oil.

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