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 ROASTED GREEN WHEAT WITH CHICKEN

SERVES 4


Freekeh is roasted green wheat that looks sort of like greenrice. You can replace it with bulgur, brown rice, or wheat berries.


1 WHOLE CHICKEN

4¼ CUPS (1 L) CHICKEN STOCK

2 BAY LEAVES

2 PIECES OF MASTIC (RESIN, CAN BE OMITTED)

2 TABLESPOONS BUTTER

4½ CUPS (1 L) FREEKEH (ROASTED GREEN WHEAT), OR

WHEAT BERRIES, BROWN RICE, OR BULGUR

GROUND CARDAMOM CINNAMON CUMIN BLACK PEPPER

3 TABLESPOONS PINE NUTS

3 TABLESPOONS BLANCHED AND PEELED ALMONDS

3 TABLESPOONS PISTACHIOS


1.Let the chicken simmer in the chicken broth, bay leaves, and mastic until completely cooked. It takes about 1 hour. Then place the chicken on a baking tray and place it in the oven under the grill heater until it gets a nice color. Save the broth.

2.Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the rinsed and drained wheat.

3.Add spices according to taste and stir for a few minutes.

4.Pour the broth over the wheat until it is completely covered.

5.Bring the broth to a boil, cover with a lid, and reduce the heat. Simmer until the wheat has softened but is still juicy.


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