Chicken tabbouleh recipe

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  • healthy
  • healthy
Cooking Time55 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories490 Kcal25%

A wonderfully flavoured Middle-Eastern dish, packed with fresh red onion, tomato and cucumber.


  • 4 chicken fillets
  • 60ml (4tbsp) olive oil
  • Juice from 1 large lemon
  • 225g (8oz) bulgar wheat
  • Half a red onion, finely chopped
  • Quarter of a cucumber, finely diced
  • 4 large tomatoes, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 45ml (3tbsp) fresh chopped mint
  • 45ml (3tbsp) fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Lemon wedges, to garnish




  1. Place the chicken fillets in a shallow dish. Mix together 15ml (1tbsp) each of the oil and lemon juice and pour over the chicken. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Cover and marinate for 30 mins.
  2. Place the bulgar wheat in a heatproof bowl and pour over enough boiling water to cover. Leave to soak for 15-20 mins, then drain off any excess liquid. Stir in the onion, cucumber, tomatoes, mint and parsley. Add the remaining oil and lemon juice and stir thoroughly. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Heat a cast-iron skillet or heavy frying pan and cook the chicken for 6-8 mins on each side until cooked through.
  4. Divide the tabbouleh between 4 serving dishes. Slice the warm chicken fillets and arrange on the top. Garnish with lemon wedges.
Top Tip for making Chicken tabbouleh

For the best flavour, prepare the tabbouleh at least 3-4 hrs in advance or the day before. Cover and chill in the fridge, but allow to stand at room temperature for around 30 mins before serving.