Recipe

Chicken, burghul & pomegranate salad

The weeknight salad takes on an exotic air with the inclusion of cumin, burghul and pomegranate molasses.

  • 45 mins cooking (+ refrigeration & standing)
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

Chicken, burghul & pomegranate salad
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 kilogram single chicken breast fillets
  • 1 1/2 cup (375ml) chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cup (240g) burghul
  • 1 small cauliflower (1 Kg)
  • 1 large_piece (430g) pomegranate, seeded
  • 1 medium_piece (170g) red onion, halved, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 cup (110g) roasted walnuts, coarsley chopped
  • 150 gram Greek fetta, crumbled
Pomegranate dressing
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoon honey
  • 3 teaspoon pomegranate molasses

Method

Chicken, burghul & pomegranate salad
  • 1
    Combine half the oil, molasses, cumin and garlic in a large bowl with chicken. Cover, refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
  • 2
    Bring stock to the boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat, add burghul, cover, stand 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Preheat grill. Cut cauliflower into 1.5cm florets. Place on oven tray; drizzle with remaining oil, season. Grill for 8 minutes, turning halfway, until tender.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, make pomegranate dressing. Place ingredients in a screw-top jar, shake well.
  • 5
    Drain chicken, discard marinade. Cook chicken on a heated oiled char-grill plate (or barbecue or grill), for 3 minutes each side or until cooked through. Remove chicken from heat, cover loosely with foil, rest 10 minutes, then slice thickly.
  • 6
    Spoon burghul onto a platter; top with chicken, cauliflower and other ingredients. Drizzle with dressing.

Notes

To remove seeds from the pomegranate, cut it in half cross-ways, hold it, cut-side down in the palm of your hand over a bowl, then hit the outside firmly with a wooden spoon. The seeds should fall out easily, discard any white pith that falls out with them. Pomegranate molasses is available at delis, middle eastern food stores, specialty food shops and most major supermarkets.

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