Seared turmeric chicken

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Ingredients

  • 200 g seasonal greens, such as baby spinach, Swiss chard
  • 150 g wholewheat couscous
  • ½ a bunch of fresh mint , (15g)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon blanched hazelnuts
  • 2 large roasted peeled red peppers in brine , or 4 small ones
  • ¼ x skinny homemade houmous , or 2 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • hot chilli sauce , optional
  • 2 sprigs of fresh oregano
  • 1 level teaspoon ground tumeric
  • olive oil
  • 2 x 120 g skinless free-range chicken breasts

 

Method

Pick and finely chop the oregano leaves, then place in a bowl with the turmeric, a pinch each of sea salt and black pepper and 2 tablespoons of oil to make a marinade. Toss the chicken in the marinade and leave aside.

Blanch the greens in a large pan of boiling water until just tender enough to eat but still vibrant in colour, then drain, reserving the water. In a bowl, just cover the couscous with boiling greens water, season, pop a plate on top and leave for 10 minutes. Pick and finely chop the mint leaves and stir into the fluffy couscous with the juice of half a lemon, then season to perfection. Toast the hazelnuts in a large dry non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat, removing and crushing in a pestle and mortar once lightly golden. Return the frying pan to a high heat and cook the chicken for 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through, turning halfway and adding the peppers when you flip the chicken. Reheat the greens, if needed.

Meanwhile, you can either make a quick houmous (put three-quarters into the fridge for another day if making a full batch) or simply use yoghurt – both options are delicious. Serve the chicken with the couscous, peppers, greens and houmous or yoghurt, scattered with the hazelnuts and with a lemon wedge on the side. Nice with a drizzle of hot chilli sauce too.

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