Sundried Tomato Bruschetta Bowls with Chicken Sausage

mixed bowl ready to eat with hand holding fork

These Sundried Tomato Bruschetta Bowls are PACKED with flavor! Delicious buttery couscous loaded with sundried tomato bruschetta, juicy chicken sausage, feta and a simple balsamic glaze! Not your average weeknight dinner!

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Hey friends! Today i’m sharing a brand new dinner recipe! I’m all for a quick and easy dinner recipe these days..especially since we are all cooking more than usual! I’m pretty sure my oven is about to revolt against me for all of the cooking I’ve been doing! Ha! 

freshly assembled bowl

But thankfully – I’m here to share this super simple recipe! It has mostly pantry staples (looking at you random jar of sundried tomatoes in the back of my pantry) and of course, delicious chicken sausage!

Why You’re Going to Love These Bowls: 

If you’re anything like me, chicken is usually my go-to protein in a meal but sometimes it can get dry or chewy and it just doesn’t taste right. 

I have been *lovingggg* these al fresco chicken sausages! 

al fresco chicken sausage

These chicken sausages are the BOMB. You can feel free stock up on them on your next outing at the grocery store because 1) they’re fully cooked so hello simplicity and 2) they freeze wonderfully, and 3) they have SO many different flavors that could go with any type of meal.

For this meal, I used their sundried tomato and basil sausages. They added the perfect Italian flare to these grain bowls and compliment the flavors of the sundried tomato bruschetta. 

close up of sundried tomato bruschetta

Speaking of that bruschetta….can we just talk about the flavor?!? Oh my word, y’all.

pre-mixed bruschetta in glass bowl

It combines the savory, oily nature of the jarred sundried tomatoes with freshness of cherry tomatoes. The juicy pop of the fresh tomatoes with the chewy ultra flavorful sundried tomatoes yields the BEST combination!

bruschetta in glass bowl

Oh, and the fresh basil, tangy feta cheese and balsamic glaze doesn’t hurt either. 

Another reason why I love these bowls? They’re so super versatile! You can find a list of substitutions below for the ingredients but I’ve been trying to specifically curate my recipes during this time to be able to be customizable!

Ingredients Needed: 

Best Tips for Making These Bowls: 

Even though the chicken sausages are fully cooked, I would highly recommend throwing them in a pan with some olive oil for browning! It gives them a nice caramelization, warms them up and they still are super juicy in the middle. 

caramelized chicken sausage in pan

I used Israeli or pearled couscous for this particular recipe because I love the texture! With whatever grain you decide to use, make sure and season it generously! Add in a dab of salted butter or garlic powder. It goes a long way! 

bowl with pack of al fresco

Make a fresh balsamic glaze to go on top! This is super simple – all you have to do is combine balsamic vinegar + your choice of sweetener (I used honey) in a pot. Let it come to a boil, stir and then let it simmer until it thickens into a glaze. See recipe notes below for full instructions – talk about flavor! 

Substitutions: 

There are many substitutions you can use for this particular bowl! 

Don’t have couscous? Use quinoa, rice, bulgur or pasta instead! 

No feta? No worries! You can substitute mozzarella, parmesan or goat cheese!

side view of the bowl

If you don’t have a jar of sundried tomatoes, you can use full cherry tomatoes in the bruschetta – just make sure to add in a dash of olive oil! 

Lastly, if you don’t have fresh basil, you can substitute dried basil (although, sadly, it won’t have as much flavor!)

forkful of meal

Overall, this bowl is packed with flavor, so easy and a fun change up to your normal weekly meals! I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few other easy dinner recipes you might like: 

Roasted Red Pepper Sausage with Chicken Sausage 

Sheet Pan Chicken Sausage and Veggies

Chipotle Pineapple Chicken Bowls 

Spicy Fish Taco Bowls 

Thank you so much for following along here, friends! Want to see more? Be sure to follow ourbalancedbowl on Instagram and tag me with your photo if you end up making a recipe! You can also post a photo of your recipe to the Our Balanced Bowl Facebook page! I always love to see your re-creations! If you do make a recipe, it would make my whole day if you were to rate and comment so I can get your feedback! Lots of love! – Haylie

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Sundried Tomato Bruschetta Bowls with Chicken Sausage

These Sundried Tomato Bruschetta Bowls are PACKED with flavor! Delicious buttery couscous loaded with sundried tomato bruschetta, juicy chicken sausage, feta and a simple balsamic glaze! Not your average weeknight dinner!

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword chicken sausage bowls, grain bowls, sundried tomato bruschetta, sundried tomatobruschetta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 2 al fresco sundried tomato and basil chicken sausages 
  • 8 oz israeli couscous
  • 1 and ¾ cups boiling water 
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (divided)

Sundried Tomato Bruschetta

  • ½ cup jarred sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes 
  • 1 tsp oil from jar of sundried tomatoes (or sub olive oil)
  • Splash of balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped basil 
  • Salt to season 

Garnishes

  • Feta cheese 
  • Balsamic glaze (homemade or store bought)
  • Fresh basil 

Instructions

  1. Make the couscous first. Start by boiling the water. While that's going, add a drizzle of avocado oil (about tbsp) to a medium sized pot. Let the oil heat on medium heat and then pour in the pearled couscous.

  2. Toast the couscous until it's light brown. To this pot, add the boiling water carefully. Cover and let cook for on low for 6-7 minutes, stirring every once in a while. Once it's done, turn it off the heat, leave the cover on the pot and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before serving. The water should have evaporated by now. Season with a dab of butter, salt, pepper and garlic powder if desired.

  3. Slice and dice everything! Slice your chicken sausage, dice the cherry tomatoes, the sundried tomatoes and the basil. Set aside for now.

  4. In a pan, add in another tsp or so of the avocado oil. Let it heat on medium heat and then add in the sliced chicken sausage. Let it cook on both sides for 1-2 minutes or until caramelized.

  5. In a bowl, add the diced cherry tomatoes as well as the sundried tomatoes, the oil from the sundried tomato jar, fresh basil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Mix to combine and add salt to season!

  6. Begin to assemble your bowls! Add in the couscous first, followed by the caramelized chicken sausage, a couple spoonfuls of sundried tomato bruschetta, sprinkle some feta and finally drizzle some balsamic glaze if desired on top! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

For the balsamic glaze - I added about 2/3 cup of balsamic glaze into a pot along with 1 tbsp of honey. I mixed it together and let it come to a gentle boil on medium/high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low/medium heat until the mixture thickens - about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it completely cool! If you're looking for a store-bought brand, Costco has a great option!!

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Haylie, these bowls are absolutely awesome! Love that chicken sausage and all of the flavor from the tomatoes, balsamic, and feta. Serving it on couscous is so cool! I only wish I was having it for dinner tonight!

  2. 5 stars
    This was a really great dinner and nice change of pace! I doubled much of the recipe except for the sun dried tomatoes because it seemed to be plenty as-is. I made the balsamic glaze with the recipe above and thought it was well worth it! I started that first and let it gently simmer while I made everything else. This comes together fast and is perfect for a weeknight meal! Will definitely make this again. Thank you!

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