Grilled Chicken With Saffron Spiced Freekeh and Zahtar Dressing

This dish received a lot of hype before I cooked it, it looks and sounds like it was going to be packed with flavour. However, it wasn’t the case. I really enjoyed it and would happily recommend it. My wife and brother on the other hand were left underwhelmed.

By the time I plated this up I was practically dribbling into the bowl (I gave that one to my brother). The dish looked amazing and smelt delicious. The flavour on the other hand was.. different to what we were expecting. Now I really liked it, it was very citrusy and spicy. There were some issues, I didn’t see the need for the saffron, I can’t say I really tasted it. Also the Freekeh wasn’t as flavourful as it has been before in other meals. I will try this one again one day. I am sure it was my cooking that let the end result down. It is hard to look at that ingredients list and not get a fantastic tasting meal. 

Firstly get your grill on medium high, prep the chicken by putting it on a tray with a bit of salt and pepper mix up some olive oil and lemon zest and massage this into the chicken. Put it to one side while you carry on prepping.

Shallot, c it into thin half moons

Garlic, peel it, grate it.

Red pepper, slice into strips.

Add your shallot to a pan with some oil and cook for 5 minutes to soften. Then add your pepper and cook for another 5 minutes. Next add your garlic and saffron and cook for 1 minute. When ready add 750ml of water and bring to the boil. Once boiling add the Freekeh with salt and pepper and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes.

While the Freekeh is cooking, whack your chicken under the grill, probably for around 10 minutes each side depending on the size of your breasts.

Parsley, chop it

Mint, chop it

Red chilli, finely chop it. 

In a bowl mix up the Zahtar spice, a squeeze of lemon juice, a quarter of the parsley, all the mint, and some olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and then add as much of the chilli as you fancy.

When the Freekeh is cooked drain any excess fluid. Mix in the rest of the parsely and some lemon juice.

Slice the chicken and lay it on a Freekeh bed. Top with the Zahtar dressing and sprinkle any leftover herbs and chilli.

 

 

Chicken Fajitas with Pickled Chilli and Zesty Sour Cream

Tender chicken, soft red peppers and onion, zesty sour cream green chilli and cheddar cheeser. A wholemeal wrap Contains the goodness.

This had so much going for it, in the end though we both agreed the fajita packs you can get that has everything in are actually better. The only thing I can think of was the wrap, usually have a softwhite wrap. These however were wholemeal (and smaller but that’s just me being greedy) so they feel like your being healthier. We all know that wholewheat is made with all three nutrient rich parts of the wheat berry, the bran the germ and the endosperm. Where as white flour only uses the endosperm. Thus only giving you the starchy part between the inner germ and the outer bran. If we were talking bread and this was a sandwich i’d be all over the wholemeal, singing its praises and telling you that although being raised on Mighty White I have since converted to its wholemeal counterpart whole heartedly. Mainly for the taste, now i feel white bread bland and flavourless. The only time white bread will pass my lips is when it sandwiches five or six rashers of smokey bacon swimming in Daddies brown sauce. Wraps however are different, I cannot tell you why. All I know is that while I was eating this, my mind was on another wrap.


When you have nearly cooked the chicken add the mexican spice and cook till done. Simply cook the pepper and onion till soft and add the chicken to keep warm. Heat the tortillas in the oven while adding the lime zest and juice to the soured cream with a little salt and pepper. Fill your wrap with the chicken and veg mix, drizzle with the sour cream and top with the green chilli’s that have been pickling in the other half of the lime juice. Top with cheddar cheese and wrap.

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