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    Zaatar chicken and freekeh with date yogurt

    A wholesome supper brimming with Middle Eastern spices. Freekeh is a roasted green wheat grain with a nice bite and subtle, smoky flavour.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes

    Serves: 3 - 4


    1 essential Waitrose lemon, quartered
    2 onions, finely sliced
    1½ tbsp essential Waitrose olive oil
    6 essential Waitrose British chicken thigh fillets
    2 tsp zaatar
    ½ tsp ground cumin, plus a pinch more
    2 essential Waitrose gem lettuces, quartered lengthways
    2 pitted medjool dates, chopped
    4 tbsp essential Waitrose low fat Greek yogurt
    250g pack ready-cooked freekeh
    100g cavolo nero, finely shredded


    1 Preheat the oven to 220ºC, gas mark 7. Finely slice 1 lemon quarter; toss with the onions on a large baking tray. Toss 1 tbsp oil with the chicken, zaatar, ½ tsp cumin and juice of 2 lemon quarters; season and lay over the onions. Roast for 25 minutes.

    2 Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over a high heat. Toss the lettuce with the remaining ½ tbsp oil, season and sear on each side for a minute; set aside. Blitz the dates, yogurt, pinch of cumin and the juice of the final lemon quarter in a small food processor or NutriBullet until smooth; season and set aside. 

    3 After 25 minutes, remove the chicken from the tray and set aside on a plate to rest. Toss the freekeh and cavolo nero through the onions and return to the oven for a final 5 minutes. Serve topped with the chicken, date yogurt and charred gem lettuce.

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