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Nutty Molasses Chicken

Nutty Molasses Chicken

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Prep Time

30 min


Middle Eastern

This recipe is inspired by a Persian chicken dish made from ground walnuts and pomegranate molasses. Our version is quicker but still combines the fruity, nutty flavours of the original recipe. Served with the supergrain freekeh for a taste of the Middle East.

Prep Time

30 min


Middle Eastern

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For 2 people (double for 4)
1 red onion
1 soy sauce sachet (8ml) †
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
2 tbsp tahini paste †
20g fresh parsley
130g freekeh †
large British chicken breast
1 large British chicken breast fillet
30g raw walnuts †
1 honey pot (28g)
You Will Need
Tin foil, pepper, salt, vegetable oil

Nutritional Information*

Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 soy sauce sachet (8ml)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tbsp tahini<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 20g parsley
  • 130g freekeh<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 large British chicken breast fillet
  • 1 bag of walnuts (25g)<span class="strong">†</span>
  • 1 pot of honey (25g)
Typical Values per 100g per serving
Energy 903 kJ
214 kcal
2949 kJ
700 kcal
of which saturates
7.7 g
1.2 g
25 g
3.8 g
of which sugars
20.7 g
5.9 g
67.5 g
19.2 g
Fibre 2.9 g 9.4 g
Protein 17.3 g 56.4 g
Salt 0.25 g 0.82 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
1 red onion
red onion
1 soy sauce sachet (8ml)
water, soya bean, wheat (gluten), salt, alcohol (ethanol)
1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
natural pomegranate molasses (100%)
2 tbsp tahini
20g parsley
flat parley (100%)
130g freekeh
freekeh-green wheat grain (gluten)
1 large British chicken breast fillet
chicken breast fillet (100%)
1 bag of walnuts (25g)
walnut (100%). May contain peanut, sesame & other nuts
1 pot of honey (25g)
blossom honey
  • Allergens highlighted by † (gluten, soya, sesame, nut)

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 Nutty Molasses Chicken

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

Rinse the freekeh in a sieve under the tap, then add it to a pot with 500ml [1L] cold water and bring to a boil over a high heat

Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 20 min or until tender, but with a slight bite

2 Nutty Molasses Chicken

Meanwhile, heat a large, wide-based pan (preferably non-stick) over a high heat with 1 tbsp [2 tbsp] vegetable oil

Once hot, add the chicken and season generously with salt and pepper, then cook on each side for 3-4 min

Meanwhile, peel and finely slice the red onion[s]

Boil a little kettle water (for step 4) 

3 Nutty Molasses Chicken

Add the onion to the chicken and cook for a further 2-3 min, stirring until glossy

Line a baking tray with tin foil and transfer the onions and chicken to the tray

Drizzle the onions with the pomegranate molasses, season with pepper and put the tray in the oven for 10-15 min, or until the chicken is cooked through

4 Nutty Molasses Chicken

Meanwhile, combine the tahini, soy sauce and honey

Gradually add 3 tbsp [6 tbsp] boiled water, a tablespoon at a time, and whisk (or stir with a fork) vigorously until a thin glossy sauce forms

Season generously with salt - this is your tahini sauce

5 Nutty Molasses Chicken

Add the walnuts to a separate baking tray or oven-proof dish

Put them in the oven for 4 min, or until the walnuts have slightly darkened in colour

Once toasted, leave the nuts to cool

6 Nutty Molasses Chicken

Chop the parsley finely, including the stalks

Chop the cooled, toasted walnuts coarsely

Drain the cooked freekeh, return it to the cooking pot and season it with a pinch of salt and pepper 

7 Nutty Molasses Chicken

Add half of the parsley (save the rest for garnish), walnuts, onions and any cooking juices from the tray into the freekeh and stir to combine

Slice the chicken finely with a sharp knife 


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Serve the sliced chicken over the freekeh with the tahini sauce drizzled over 

Garnish with the remaining parsley


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