Freekeh roasted green wheat with chicken

40 minutes

Makes6servings

Freekeh roasted green wheat with chicken Recipe
Club Noor

by Maisaa Meqdadi

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Ingredients

6 cups freekeh rinsed in water and soaked for 20 minutes

12 cups chicken stock

¾ cup Noor Oil

1 onion chopped finely

1 tsp  all spice

1 tsp  cumin

½ tsp black pepper

½ tsp  turmeric

1 kg boneless, skinless chicken breasts

To boil the chicken

salt and pepper

bay leaves

1 stick cinnamon

4 cardamoms

1 onion

water

To garnish:

1 cup fried nuts (almonds and pine nuts)

Chopped parsley

Preparation

Introduction:

Freekeh is very popular dish in Palestine that  goes through a special process, the green wheat stalks are harvested young, sun dried and then roasted on an open fire to impact its distinct smoky flavour. It is greenish - brown in color.

Steps Involved: 

Boil the chicken for 20 minutes, remove from water. Rinse the freekeh with cold water thoroughly in a colander till all pieces of dirt are removed. Soak for 5 minutes in cold water then drain it very well.

In a medium pot, heat Noor Oil and sauté the onion until soft. Add the freekeh and the spices, and stir to coat each grain. Pour the strained chicken broth, turn the heat up to high, and bring to boil.

Give the wheat a stir, then cover the saucepan, turn the heat down to low, and cook until tender, about 30 minutes, the water should be absorbed but the freekeh should be slightly moist. Once it s done, let it sit for 10 minutes.

Heat oil Noor Oil in a large frying pan, season the chicken slightly and sauté until fully cooked and lightly browned on both sides. To serve, arrange the chicken on the top of the freekeh and sprinkle on the nuts and chopped parsley.

Serve immediately with plain yoghurt.

Suggestion:

You can serve freekeh as a substitute of rice with all your meals as a healthy option and you can stuff your vegetables with freekeh mx too.

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