If you haven’t tried freekeh before, you must! That is, if you don’t have a gluten intolerance. For those that need to avoid gluten, brown rice would be the perfect substitute.
I aim to eat a variety of different whole grains, because…diversity. Freekeh contains more fibre than brown rice and quinoa and is an excellent source of protein and iron. Cooked freekeh has a crunchy/chewy texture and a nutty taste, making it the perfect addition to salads.
Chicken and Freekeh Salad
- 1 cup freekeh
- 50 grams butter or ghee
- 200 grams green beans chopped
- 2 red onions diced
- 8 chicken thighs without skin
- 4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- 3 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- 20 grams ginger finely chopped
- 200 grams feta crumbled
- 200 grams almonds crushed
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 2-3 tbsp sherry vinegar
- 1 bunch coriander finely chopped
- 2 tbsp kimchi or sauerkraut to serve
- Mix together the sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and ginger. Coat the chicken thighs with the sauce and refrigerate for 2 hours (if you have time).
- Rinse the freekeh. Place in saucepan, cover with plenty of water, add a little salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 40 minutes. The freekeh should be tender but still firm.
- Add the butter or ghee to a saucepan until melted. Add the diced red onion and cook on a medium heat until caramelised. (approx. 20 minutes).
- Add beans to boiling water for 2 minutes and drain. Set aside.
- Place chicken thighs onto a baking tray and cook in a pre-heated 200°C oven for 30 minutes.
- Mix the olive oil and sherry vinegar and stir through the freekeh.
- Add the freekeh to a large bowl.
- Add in the caramalised onion and beans. Stir to combine.
- Cut the cooked chicken thighs into strips and add to salad.
- Top with crushed almonds, feta and coriander. And don't forget the kimchi.
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