Arabian Tabbouleh Salad with Spicy Chicken

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Tabbouleh is a salad from the Arabic and especially the Lebanese & Syrian cuisine. In Germany it is also referred to as bulgur salad, the Turkish variant is called Kisir & contains significantly more spices.

Tabbouleh is mainly made with bulgur (alternatively couscous), plain parsley, tomatoes, spring onions, olive oil & lemon juice. I wish you lots of fun cooking 😉

Cooked/Baked today: Arabian Tabbouleh Salad with Spicy Chicken
Difficulty: Medium
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Category: Arabian & Oriental Cuisine, Light Food, Salad Recipes, Recipes with Chicken
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Arabian Tabbouleh Salad with Spicy Chicken

Arabian Tabbouleh Salad with Spicy Chicken

Ingredients for 4 servings:

…for the chicken:

  • 4 chicken breast fillets
  • Each a teaspoon of sesame seeds, sumac, cumin, marjoram & oregano
  • Oil for frying & marinating
  • Salt & pepper

…for the Tabbouleh Salad:

  • 250 grams bulgur (alternatively couscous)
  • 250 milliliters water
  • 200 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 4 – 5 spring onions
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1 large carrot
  • 100 milliliters olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • A few sprigs fresh mint
  • Salt & pepper

Required kitchen gadgets, helper & preparations:

  • Mixing bowl for the tabbouleh salad
  • Water heater
  • Grater
  • Lemon juicer
  • Bowl or baking dish for marinating
  • Frying pan for the chicken


…preparations for the chicken:

Put the chicken breast fillets in a bowl and season with 1 teaspoon each of sesame seeds, cumin, sumac, marjoram & oregano, also with a good pinch of salt & pepper. In addition, add a good shot of oil to the chicken and mix everything together until all spices have evenly distributed, then set aside until searing.

Marinating Chicken

Marinating Chicken

…preparations for the tabbouleh salad:

Bring to a boil 250 milliliters of water in an electric kettle. Then put 250 grams bulgur in a mixing bowl, pour in 250 milliliters of boiling water & cover with cling film for 10 – 15 minutes until the bulgur has absorbed all the water.

Preparations for the Tabbouleh Salad

Preparations for the Tabbouleh Salad

Next, cut 1 cucumber into fine cubes. Furthermore, halve or quarter cherry tomatoes depending on their size. Cut spring onions into small rolls and roughly grate 1 large carrot with a grater. Finally, pluck parsley and mint leaves from the stems and finely chop them with a knife.

…for the tabbouleh salad:

Loosen the bulgur with a fork and mix with the prepared salad ingredients, 100 milliliters of olive oil & the juice of a lemon. Season the salad with salt & pepper and set aside until serving.

…for the chicken:

Heat up a large pan adding a dash oil & sear the marinated chicken for about 2 – 3 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fillets maybe a bit longer) each side until brown & crispy. Lift the done chicken fillets out of the pan & cut into a bout 1 centimeter thick slices.

Searing & Serving Chicken

Searing & Serving Chicken

Serve the tabbouleh salad on deep plates & top with the chicken. I wish you lots of fun cooking 😉

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial to see the recipe and the preparation method precisely (German Audio only, English Subtitles available):


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