The Cook’s Grocer have taken this classic Middle Eastern dish and given it a healthy twist. When making it at home, be sure to choose a high quality free range chicken from your butcher and a gluten free shawarma spice. Organic tinned chickpeas are a low GI, high protein accompaniment, which we suggest pairing with a side of green beans (although zucchini or cucumber would also be a an ideal seasonal alternative.) A deliciously quick recipe for lunch, dinner or a post workout meal.
You will need:
2 x 180g free range skinless chicken breasts
1.5 tablespoons Shawarma spice (gluten free)
1 small red onion
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tin organic chickpeas
150g green beans
8 cherry tomatoes
Finely slice half the onion (wafer thin). Squeeze over half the lemon juice with a generous pinch of salt and set aside. In a bowl, combine olive oil, shawarma spice, chicken, salt and pepper. Mix to coat well. Heat a non-stick fry pan or grill pan to a medium-high heat. Cook chicken for 8-10 minutes, turning every 2 minutes. Remove from the pan, cover tightly with foil and rest for 2 minutes.
Fill kettle with water and boil. While the chicken is cooking, rinse and drain chickpeas. Heat a medium sized pot to medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add crushed garlic and half of the red onion, finely diced. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes until soft. Next add the cumin, zest of half the lemon, chickpeas and toss well to heat through for 1 – 2 minutes. Lastly, add half a cup of boiled water from the kettle and reduce to a simmer until the water has almost absorbed. Season with salt and pepper and add a drizzle of olive oil. Blend or mash into a puree.
Trim the ends of the beans and halve the cherry tomatoes. Place beans in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiled water for 2-3 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl with the cherry tomatoes and the pickled red onion and a drizzle of olive oil. Season lightly and toss to combine.
Plate puree, and top with thickly sliced chicken. Serve with the beans.
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