Jewelled Chicken Freekeh

Jewelled Chicken Freekeh

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Prep Time

35 min


Middle Eastern

Use within

3-4 days

This Middle Eastern inspired dish plates up a warm spiced chicken salad made with the super grain freekeh. It's 'jewelled' with cranberries, salted almonds, fresh mint and tangy feta. Tumble it onto a large plate and get everyone to help themselves

Prep Time

35 min


Middle Eastern

Use within

3-4 days

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In Your Box
Ingredients for 2 people (double for 4)
British Chicken thigh fillets x4 2
4 British chicken thigh fillets
30g dried cranberries
1 tsp dried dill
100g traditional feta †
130g freekeh †
10g fresh mint
1 shallot
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 bag of blanched almonds †
1 tsp ground allspice
You Will Need
Olive oil, pepper, salt

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 320g British chicken thighs
  • 30g dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 100g Greek feta cheese<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 130g freekeh<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 10g mint
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 white wine vinegar sachet (15ml)
  • 1 bag of blanched almonds<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 1025 kJ
244 kcal
3377 kJ
805 kcal
of which saturates
10.9 g
3.9 g
36 g
13 g
of which sugars
17.5 g
4.6 g
57.6 g
15.2 g
Fibre 3 g 9.7 g
Protein 19.9 g 65.5 g
Salt 0.43 g 1.43 g
*Gousto’s nutritional information only applies to ingredients supplied by Gousto. The cooking process and additional ingredients added at home (listed under “What you’ll need”) will affect total values.
Ingredients contain
320g British chicken thighs
30g dried cranberries
cranberries, cane sugar, sunflower oil
1 tsp dried dill
Dried dill
100g Greek feta cheese
pasteurised sheep MILK, pasteurised goats MILK, salt, culture, microbial rennet
130g freekeh
green WHEAT
10g mint
1 shallot
1 white wine vinegar sachet (15ml)
white wine vinegar
1 bag of blanched almonds
whole blanched ALMONDS (NUTS)
1 tsp ground allspice
ground pimento
  • Allergens highlighted by † (milk, wheat-gluten, nuts)

In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.

Cooking Instructions
Instructions for 2 people (double for 4)
1 Jewelled Chicken Freekeh

Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 200°C (fan)/ 425°F/ Gas 7

Rinse the freekeh under cold water, then add it to a pot with plenty of cold water and bring to the boil over a high heat

Cook for 20-25 min or until tender but with a slight bite

2 Jewelled Chicken Freekeh

Meanwhile, combine the dried dill and ground allspice in a large mixing bowl with 1 tbsp [2 tbsp] olive oil and 1/2 tsp [1 tsp] each of salt and pepper, then add the chicken thigh fillets and coat thoroughly

Heat a large wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) over a high heat and, once hot, add the chicken and cook on each side for 3 min 

3 Jewelled Chicken Freekeh

Transfer the chicken to a baking tray (use tin foil to avoid mess!) and reserve the pan for step 6

Put the tray in the oven for 10-15 min or until the chicken juices run clear when pierced 

Once cooked, transfer the chicken to a clean board and leave to cool slightly

4 Jewelled Chicken Freekeh

Meanwhile, boil a kettle 

Chop the dried cranberries coarsely

Add them to a bowl and cover with enough boiled water to cover completely – this helps them become juicy and plump

5 Jewelled Chicken Freekeh

Add the almonds to a separate tray, drizzle them with a little olive oil and place them in the oven for 5 min or until slightly darkened in colour

Once done, remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt

Leave them to cool on the tray

6 Jewelled Chicken Freekeh

Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the shallot[s]

Return the pan to a medium heat and, once hot, add the chopped shallot

Cook for 2-3 min, then add the cooked, drained freekeh and coat in the shallot and chicken oil

Remove from the heat and set aside until serving  

7 Jewelled Chicken Freekeh

Strip the mint leaves from their stalks and chop finely (reserve a little for garnish!)

Break the feta up into rough pieces

Chop the cooled, salted almonds coarsely

Slice the cooked chicken finely with a sharp knife


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Add the drained cranberries, almonds, mint and feta to the freekeh with a drizzle of olive oil and the white wine vinegar and mix gently to combine 

Serve the chicken over the freekeh


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