Hostess Gift Guide Chicken Couscous
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Hostess Gift Guide and Potluck Recipe


It’s party time! Are you a guest that always brings a killer potluck dish and terrific hostess gift? This Hostess Gift Guide will help you with some new gift ideas along with a recipe that works for any season of the year.

Hostess Gift Guide

Most people bring a bottle of wine, which is great but makes you like every other guest. If you plan ahead, you can bring a cool gift that’s acknowledges your appreciation of the host’s invitation. When the hosts wind down after the party, they have a gift to look forward to opening. It also gives your gift a chance to be remembered in the future.

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Pomegranate Chicken Salad with Couscous Recipe

This is a perfect holiday potluck recipe. It looks festive, tastes delicious and rides the line between main dish and side dish perfectly. This yummy recipe is from my friend Lisa Ende, who isΒ one of the best hostesses I know. She makes it all look so effortless and is an incredible cook. If you live in LA, she teaches cooking and entertaining classes that you can find here. She also sells gorgeous wooden serving pieces.

Hostess Gift Guide Chicken Couscous
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Pomegranate Chicken Salad with Couscous and Spiced Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Couscous
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1.25 cup Almonds, Blanched and Sliced
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Can Garbanzo Beans, Drained and Rinsed
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 Lemon, Juiced and Zested
  • 1 cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • Handful Mint, Torn
  • Olive Oil, For Drizzling

Pomegranate Chicken

  • 12 Chicken Thighs (You Can Use Breasts)

Marinade

  • 2.5 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Pomegranate Molasses
  • 1 Lemon, Juiced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 2.5 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2.5 tbsp Sherry Vinegar
  • 2 Springs Mint
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook couscous according to the packet instructions. Fluff with fork to break up any lumps, season with salt and pepper and set aside.

  2. Place the blanched almonds in a skillet and toast on medium-high heat until golden brown. Set aside and cool.

  3. In the same skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat and add chickpeas, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 8-10 minutes, tossing often, until crisp and golden.

  4. Add the lemon juice and cook for another minute. Transfer all the contents of the pan to the couscous, along with the toasted almonds.

  5. Add the pomegranate seeds, mint, lemon zest and a good drizzle of olive oil and gently toss to combine.

  6. Finally top with sliced Pomegranate Chicken.

Pomegranate Chicken

  1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat – working in batches, cook the chicken (about 5-6) minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through.

Marinade

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. Pour into a ziplock bag and add chicken – seal and shake well.

  3. Marinate in fridge for at least 6 hours overnight.

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Happy Holidays and have fun at your parties!

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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Biki
    December 16, 2018 at 9:23 am

    I love chicken and cous cous, so this recipe has my name alllll over it!
    Also, I think it’s a great idea to give your host a gift, so they have something to look forward to after all the hard work put into throwing a shindig.
    Xo

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      Glad you liked it. It’s super delicious!

  • Reply
    Sofia Him
    December 15, 2018 at 8:56 am

    The salad looks so delicious! I love anything with pomegranate and chicken
    Sofia xx

    http://www.sofiahim.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 15, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      It really is yummy and I love those ingredients too πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Jamila
    December 15, 2018 at 2:23 am

    I just wanted to say that matcha is one of my favourite things and it would be a perfect gift for someone like me. I always order a green tea matcha when I go into Starbucks and I absolutely love the taste. Now, I tried the matcha ice cream and it was nice too but I love the green tea beverage way better. Great holiday idea gift!

    http://www.jamilakyari.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 15, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. I know there are some real Matcha lovers like you. I’m still new to Matcha – the ice cream I tried was delicious but I’ll have to try the tea now.

  • Reply
    aumentar
    December 11, 2018 at 12:30 am

    5 stars
    This recipe looks amazing

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 13, 2018 at 11:49 pm

      Thank you, I’m so glad you liked it. Perfect for the holiday season!
      xx Jenifer

  • Reply
    Emily
    December 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Ommgggg yum! Definitely want to try this!

    -Emily | http://www.TheEmilyEdition.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 13, 2018 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks so much, let me know how it turns out! Glad you like it!
      xx Jenifer

  • Reply
    Len Parent
    December 6, 2018 at 1:29 am

    5 stars
    looks delicious!!! Love this!
    Have a great day!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 7, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you Len!

  • Reply
    Yasmin
    December 5, 2018 at 6:05 am

    This looks so good! I’ve been looking for a new chicken dish to try. I’ll have to bookmark this.

    xx Yasmin
    https://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 7, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  • Reply
    MP Allegaert
    December 5, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Have to try this chicken and couscous salad asap! The other two recipes, too!!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 6, 2018 at 12:51 am

      I think you’ll love all of the recipes. Lisa, the person who gave them to me is the best cook!

  • Reply
    Mariann Yip
    December 4, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    This recipe looks amazing! I love a good chicken salad and I can’t wait to try this out!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 6, 2018 at 12:03 am

      I’m so glad you like the recipe. I think you’ll love it!!

  • Reply
    Carina Herren
    December 4, 2018 at 2:48 am

    Oh gosh girl this recipe looks soo good! I’m totally going to try this on my next potluck! 😍

    Carina
    https://theagelessmillennial.com/

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 5, 2018 at 11:56 pm

      Glad you like the recipe. It’s really delicious!

  • Reply
    Thomas Paul
    December 1, 2018 at 2:31 am

    Oh that dish looks so interesting.
    I love experimenting with salads.. There’s so many options!!
    Lovely recipe

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      December 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Glad you like it. I always need salad inspiration and this one is delicious. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Angela
    November 30, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my! This looks so yummy. I love the idea of bringing a gift for the host to wind down! Such a good post.

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 30, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Thank you! I know I always like opening thoughtful hostess gifts after the party is over. 😊

  • Reply
    Mama in Heels
    November 30, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I love your hostess gift idea..I’m one of those people who would bring wine cuz it’s easy and convenient. I will remember to bring something like this next time because it’s more thoughtful!

    xo,
    Janise

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 30, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      So understandable. If you don’t get a hostess gift ahead of time, it’s so hard to do it at the last minute.

  • Reply
    Wendy Knipp
    November 29, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    5 stars
    I am not usually a salad person, however this looks amazing. Thanks for the idea.

    Wendy

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 30, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Glad you like it. Let me know what you think!

  • Reply
    Asha
    November 29, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    5 stars
    Ah great recipe. Going to add it to my list for 2019 health eating haha. Thank you, I’ll let you know how it goes!

    Asha xo Age of YouthΒ 

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 30, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      Glad you like it! I need a list for healthy uneating – things to stop like chips 🀣

  • Reply
    Karolina
    November 29, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    A great post! <3
    I am following you and invite you to me
    https://milentry-blog.blogspot.com

  • Reply
    Jessica
    November 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    This looks sooo deliciously healthy dear! I gotta try this, thanks for sharing!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 30, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Hope you enjoy it. Super yummy!

  • Reply
    Vicki
    November 29, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Matcha would be such a good gift! Love it and love making it at home!!

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 30, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      I love hearing that because I’m such a coffee drinker but have some friends that are super Matcha lovers!!

  • Reply
    Valerie
    November 29, 2018 at 12:03 am

    This dish looks amazing! I love that it has pomegranate in it! Also this gift guide is perfect…I love the coaster and the marble cheese board!

    http://roadesque.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 29, 2018 at 1:52 am

      It really is so yummy and the pomegranate adds a festive, delicious touch. So glad you liked the gift guide.

  • Reply
    Vanessa
    November 28, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Oh, this looks delicious dear! Need to save your recipe!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 28, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Enjoy the recipe. It’s so yummy.

  • Reply
    Lovely Amusan
    November 28, 2018 at 8:53 am

    This look delicious hun, have to make it for myself!

    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 28, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Hope you enjoy it. I thought it was so delicious.

  • Reply
    Simone
    November 28, 2018 at 8:23 am

    I do love to treat the hosts with a lovely gift as well. Your guide includes all the nice things you can wish for. Definitely got to try your recipe, that chicken salad looks divine.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • Reply
      Jenifer
      November 28, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you. Hope you like the recipe as much as I do. Hostess gifts are such a good thing to buy ahead so you don’t have to worry last minute.

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