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Egyptian Dukkah-Crusted Chicken Fillets with Cauliflower Tabbouleh

by Alessandra Peters from The Foodie Teen

The flavours of cumin, coriander and hazelnuts from the dukkah make this gluten-free chicken dish something extra special. It works perfectly with the nutritious cauliflower tabbouleh.

Introduction

Dukkah is an Egyptian spice mix made with just a few ingredients, but it’s one of my absolute favourite flavour combinations. You'll only need a few spoonfuls of dukkah for this recipe so keep the leftovers in a sealed glass jar and use it to sprinkle over eggs or salads to add a delicious crunch and lots of flavour.  This tabboulleh is one of my favourite ways to enjoy cauliflower –  it's simple but delicious.

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Ingredients

For the Dukkah:
80g raw hazelnuts
65g sesame seeds
20g coriander seeds
20g cumin seeds
a big pinch of fine sea salt
For the Chicken Fillets:
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp dukkah
4 chicken breast fillets (about 150g) each
For the Cauliflower Tabbouleh
1 medium cauliflower, leaves and stems removed and cut into florets
about 100g fresh parsley, chopped
200g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red pepper, diced
1 cucumber diced
3 spring onions, thinly sliced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
the juice of 1/2 a lemon
a pinch of fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
seeds of 1/2 a pomegranate (optional)

Essential kit

You will need a food processor.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ gas mark 4 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

To make the dukkah, put all the ingredients into a frying pan over a medium heat and toast, stirring often, for 5 to 6 minutes, until fragrant and starting to brown slightly. Blitz in a food processor for about 10 seconds, until finely ground.

Rub the chicken all over with the coconut oil, then sprinkle over the dukkah and press until the fillets are completely coated. Roast the chicken on a lined baking sheet for 25 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then slice ready to serve on top of the tabbouleh.

Make the tabbouleh by whizzing the cauliflower florets in a food processor for 20 to 30 seconds, until chopped into rice-sized bits. Transfer these to a big bowl, then rinse out the food processor. Put the parsley, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, cucumber and spring onions into the processor and blitz. Transfer to the bowl of cauliflower. Toss well, then drizzle over the olive oil, lemon juice and a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper. Toss again, then top with pomegranate seeds to garnish.

Serve slices of the chicken alongside a big scoop of the cauliflower tabbouleh and enjoy!

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