This tasty recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver's chicken broccoli and bulgur wheat salad in Jamie's 15 Minute Meals. It's a healthy tasty salad for midweek or the weekend.
Jamie Oliver and his 15 Minute Meals
Sometimes you just want a quick dinner, and sometimes you have long enough to make a Jamie Oliver 15-minute meal. Including the washing up! As I've said before, I love Jamie Oliver and I love his 15 Minute Meals and his 30 Minute Meals. Somehow though, I always end up with far more washing up than I would do normally. Clearly he has a dishwasher, and clearly I need to get one soon.
My reasons for first making this salad
When I first made this chicken, broccoli and bulgur wheat salad it was part of Dom at Belleau Kitchen's Random Recipe Challenge. The challenge was to pick our 30th book and to then make the recipe on page 30. I couldn't have been happier with the recipe I ended up with, named in Jamie's 15-Minute Meals as Incredibly Delicious Chicken Salad. It was exactly the type of thing I love to make. I probably wouldn't have put broccoli in a salad and I definitely wouldn't have thought to put it on the griddle after boiling it. Thankfully it did work and despite the washing up, it was fairly quick.
How did I adapt this chicken, broccoli and bulgur wheat salad?
I did make a few changes. Firstly I didn't have preserved lemons and couldn't face searching for them in the supermarket with an irritable toddler. And, I didn't have cress and so missed it out. I don't think you'd miss it. After all, have you ever heard anyone say, what this salad really needs to liven it up is a bit of cress sprinkled on the top?
I also didn't have any harissa and so used piri piri sauce. I accept that this would have changed the flavour of the salad a bit, but it was good and went well. After all, that's the main thing. Oh, and I'd run out of red wine vinegar and so used white wine vinegar, but doesn't everyone do that?
I've made this salad few times since first publishing this post and although I didn't use the preserved lemons that first time, it really is worth getting some. I also love it with either harissa or piri piri sauce. I'm sure cress would be lovely but I still haven't tried it! And why did I ever think broccoli in a salad was unusual? It just shows how much I've changed over the last 5 years!
What can you do with the leftovers?
This salad keeps well in the fridge for up to three days although I normally try to eat the leftovers up the next day! You can easily put any leftovers into a lunch box or pack them up as part of a picnic.
What other substitutions can you make?
I've mentioned already a few of the changes I made to this chicken broccoli and bulgur wheat salad. It's an easy salad to adapt in lots of ways. Just switch a few ingredients in or out depending on what you have in the cupboard or fridge. For example, if you don't have bulgur wheat, try a different grain such as spelt, barley or even rice.
If you don't have fresh herbs then use dried ones. If you don't have sunflower seeds, use another nut or seed to get that nutty flavour.
You can cook the chicken without coating it in the ground coriander. Or you can use a different spice. I love it with paprika!
Jamie Oliver's Chicken Broccoli and Bulgur Wheat Salad
- 1 broccoli
- 4 Chicken breasts skinless
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 300 g bulgur wheat
- 2 preserved lemons
- 16 radishes
- 4 spring onions
- 15 g fresh mint (about half a small bunch)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp vinegar I use white wine vinegar. Jamie uses red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp natural yogurt
- 2 tsp harissa or piri piri or another hot sauce
- Put a pan of water on to boil and add the brocoli when it is boiling. Using a slotted spoon, take the broccoli out of the water after 5 minutes and add the bulgur wheat.
- Put the Broccoli on the griddle and let it char slightly on each side.
- Put the sunflower seeds in a dry frying pan and toast them gently. Be careful they don’t burn.
- Rub the coriander, salt and black pepper into the chicken and place it between two pieces of baking parchment. Pound the chicken to flatten it slightly. Then put it in the frying pan with a little olive oil. Turn halfway through cooking.
- Prepare the dressing by mixing in a bowl the vinegar, oil, mint leaves and chopped spring onion.
- Drain the bulgur wheat and rinse it in cold water. Put the broccoli and radishes on top. Drizzle the dressing over the top.
- Slice the chicken and place on top of the salad. Scatter the sunflower seeds on top too. Add a few dollops of yoghurt and a drizzle of the hot sauce.
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More of my tried and tested Jamie Oliver recipes
If you like this then why not try some more of my favourite Jamie Oliver meals below:
More easy dinner ideas
This salad is a great recipe for preparing in advance. If you're looking for more easy dinner ideas that are great for more than one meal then do check out my Cook Once Eat Twice recipe collection. If you love salads then I've also got a recipe collection for main meal salads! And, if you like spicy recipes then do check out my collection of easy spicy midweek meal recipes.
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