Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Chicken Tabbouleh

Chicken Tabbouleh
(Adapted from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Family Style, 2002)

1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup bulgur wheat
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
olive oil
kosher salt
1 whole (2 split) chicken breast, bone in, skin on
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup minced scallions (green onions), white and green parts (1 bunch)
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves (1 bunch) *Ina uses 1 cup
1 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (1 bunch)
1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and medium-diced
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a large bowl pour boiling water over the bulgur wheat. Add the lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Stir. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to stand at room temperature for about an hour.

Meanwhile, place the chicken breast on a baking sheet. Rub it with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes until done. Use a thermometer!!!! Set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones and discard the skin. Cut the chicken into medium dice.

Add the chicken, scallions, mint, parsley, cucumber, tomatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper to the bulgur wheat. Gently mix. Season to taste.

Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate. The flavors improves as it sits.

  • This was eaten over three days. It tasted fantastic each day.
  • It made an excellent sandwich. I wish I would have had pita bread to stuff with this Tabbouleh.
  • I love that you can make it ahead of time. It tastes better the longer it sits! 


  1. I have made this salad many times. It is always a crowd pleaser.I like to take it to picknicks.
    Ina's recipes are just the best!

  2. I make gobs of this all summer long. I love that it gets better after a day or two. And it's healthy!

  3. This sounds really delicious! the colors are so bright & vibrant, you know its gonna taste good. I have a TON of cherry tomatoes left from the garden still...me thinks tabbouleh is in my future!

  4. YUM! I am going to try this :) Thanks!!!

  5. I think this would also be good with Couscous instead of the wheat. Both good.

  6. I love Ina's dishes. This one looks healthy and hearty all at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

    I hope you're doing well. Have a great weekend!