Jamie’s Paprika Spiced Chicken Thighs with Herby Bulgher and Skinny Slaw

Succulent chicken, flavour packed bulgher salad, tangy carrot and apple slaw and fantastic feta cheese crumbled all over.

It’s hard to know where to begin with this dish. There were so many flavours, yet they all managed to fit cohesively together. I’ll start with the chicken. Chicken thighs are our new favourite piece. There is so much more flavour and it is so much more juicy than the breast. For this we coated them in paprika and a little oil and pan fried them.  Once they were rested we Sliced them into 1 cm thick slices.

The Bulgher wheat was cooked in stock. While it was cooking I chopped the spinach, spring onion, chilli and parsley, some olive oil and half a lime’s worth of juice. Once the Bulgher wheat was cooked, drained and cooled slightly, it got mixed in with the herby mixture.To make the slaw we just grated the carrot and apple together added some chopped parsley some of the lime juice and a little olive oil.

With all these flavours going on its hard to imagine that you could improve it but then along comes the feta cheese. Every now and then you get that salty tang that comes with real quality feta. Apparently in 2002 feta became a protected designation of origin product. This means only cheeses produced in a traditional way in particular area of Greece, that are made of sheep’s milk, or a mixture of sheep’s and up to 30% goats milk (from the same area) can be called feta.

This meal is from our HelloFresh box www.hellofresh.co.uk

Mango Chutney Chicken with Spiced Bulgur and Romanesco

This is not my recipe. This recipe came with our Hello Fresh box. www.hellofresh.co.uk

Follow the link to the recipe on their website here.

First off my apologies again for the photos. Normally I use my phone but I want to start taking it to the next level. I have dug out my Lumix G10 and have tried using it for these photos. Unfortunately I either get blurry images or really dark images. Anyway I will keep practising so I will hopefully start getting better at it soon.

This was another great meal, the surprise for me was the romanesco. I have never had it before and was expecting it to have a normal broccoli flavour but it is milder and sweeter than its popular cousin. It stayed firm when roasted and gave the dish a welcome crunch. The Bulgur wheat was great, I am really getting into my grains and pulses at the moment and this definitely helped the cause. The chicken was sweet and tender. I have always preferred thighs and wings over breast, there is so much more flavour.

Grilled Salmon Tarator with Bulgher Wheat Tabbouleh

This is not my recipe. This recipe came with our Hello Fresh box. www.hellofresh.co.uk

Follow the link to the recipe on their website The Recipe

Tarator, tarathor, taratur, or ttalattouri (Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian: таратор, Albanian: Tarator, Turkish: tarator, Greek: τταλαττούρι (Cyprus)), is a soup, appetizer, or sauce found in the cuisines of Eastern Europe. It generally includes ground walnuts, garlic, and yogurt or tahini, and often cucumber, herbs, and vinegar or lemon juice. – Wikipedia

Thank you Wikipedia, never heard of this before but will definitely do it again. Mine was quite thick, which is how the recipe showed it. It complemented the salmon perfectly. I would also be happy to just use it as a dip for an assortment of vegetable sticks. I have to say we ate this dish late and the mint and parsley had to be thrown so I replaced them with coriander and basil from the greenhouse.

 The walnuts didn’t really add flavour but gave the dish some bite. The onions were also a great addition. I have obviously cooked onions before but just adding red wine vinegar while they cook and letting it evaporate gave them that little bit extra. 

I probably over cooked my salmon a bit but it was still soft and flaked apart. I also had to drain my Bulgher wheat, I measured the right amount of water but never mind. It didn’t affect the flavour. Maybe I added too much oil? Not sure if this would affect how much water it absorbed. 

All in all this meal didn’t go perfectly or should I say I didn’t do it perfectly. However it was still a great easy dish that I would give an easy 7/10.