Bulgur wheat salad with grilled chicken and summer vegetables

Serves: 4
Course: Dinner, lunch
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Prep Time: 20 mins
  • For the bulgur wheat salad:
  • 200g fine bulgur wheat
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil
  • ½ tsp flaky sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp tsp turmeric
  • 170ml boiling-hot vegetable stock or water
  • 30g fresh parsley, leaves and stalks finely chopped
  • 30g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks finely chopped
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • For the grilled chicken skewers:
  • 8 free-range chicken thighs, deboned
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp flaky sea salt
  • ½ tbsp turmeric
  • For the grilled summer vegetables:
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into 2cm strips
  • 1 medium courgette, cut into 1cm thick rounds
  • 2 medium red onions, quartered (without separating the layers)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt
  • To garnish: parsley and coriander leaves

1. Mix the bulgur wheat with the oil, spices and salt in a large heatproof bowl or saucepan. Add the hot stock or water, cover with a lid or plate and leave to absorb the water for five-10 minutes. Fluff up the bulgur wheat with a fork and allow to cool.

2. Once the bulgur is cooled, add the herbs and lemon juice.

3. Cut the chicken thighs into 3-4cm cubes and add to a medium bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. If you have time, allow the chicken to marinate in the fridge for an hour before threading the chicken pieces on to skewers.

4. In a medium bowl, mix the sliced vegetables with the oil and salt.

5. Heat a barbecue or grill pan and cook the chicken skewers and vegetables for 15 to 20 minutes, turning two or three times, until the vegetables are charred and the chicken is cooked through.

6. Add most of the grilled vegetables to the bulgur wheat and mix. Spoon into a large, wide bowl or platter and arrange the remaining vegetables on top. Serve the skewers on the side or remove the chicken from the skewers and place on top of the veg. Garnish with parsley and coriander leaves.