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Barbecue Chicken and Cauliflower Couscous Bowls

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Barbecue Chicken and Cauliflower Couscous Bowls: a fun recipe to spice up your grilling this summer! Perfectly charred chicken breast is laid on a bed of fluffy cauliflower couscous along with super peppery sauteed swiss chard. These bowls are perfect for a quick weeknight meal or a weekend dinner party!

Barbecue Chicken and Cauliflower “Couscous” Bowls



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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut-in-half lengthwise to produce 4 equal pieces
  • 1 small head of cauliflower cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • ¼ cup Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 4 cups Swiss chard stemmed and loosely chopped
  • ½ cup roasted and salted sliced almonds


  • In a shallow dish, whisk together the barbecue sauce, orange juice and soy sauce. Add the chicken breasts and toss to fully coat. Set aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.
  • Add the cauliflower florets to the bowl of your food processor. Pulse 5-6 times are until the cauliflower takes on the texture of couscous. Set aside.
  • Heat the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5-6 minutes. Add the cauliflower, garlic powder and salt and black pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese and cilantro. Cover and set aside until you are ready to serve.
  • Preheat your grill or grill pan over medium to medium-high heat. Grease the grill and then add the chicken. Cook, brushing occasionally with additional marinade, until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Flip the chicken about halfway through cooking time. Remove from heat and set aside to rest while you prepare your Swiss chard.
  • Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minutes, until fragrant. Add the Swiss chard and cook, stirring frequently, until wilted and warm. Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Assemble your bowls, by layering sliced chicken breast and Swiss chard over a bed of cauliflower couscous. Sprinkle with almonds and enjoy immediately!

Barbecue Chicken and Cauliflower Couscous Bowls

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23 Responses

  1. These bowls are seriously STUNNING, Justine! That BBQ chicken looks absolutely drool-worthy and perfect with that pretty cauliflower and couscous! Hopping over to grab the recipe. :)

  2. This meal is so colorful — that chicken looks seriously good! And I love the sound of the cauliflower couscous. Pinned!

  3. These bowls look fantastic Justine! Love that chicken, it looks absolutely perfect!

  4. I love summer grilling and these bowls make me want to add some chicken on the grill ASAP! I love that you paired the chicken with cauliflower and greens too.

  5. We’ve never had bowls like this at our house before, but it’s high time we did. Nothing like grilling up some gorgeous meat and tossing it on top of some veggies. I could definitely go for this! And safe travels to you across the pond!

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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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