Za'atar Chicken Grain Bowl with Veggies & Lemon-Tahini Sauce

Za'atar Chicken Grain Bowl

with Veggies & Lemon-Tahini Sauce

35 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

These colorful, warm grain bowls feature tender bites of chicken over a hearty bed of barley studded with sautéed kale and onion, tangy pickled peppers, and sweet currants. It’s finished off with a nutty lemon and tahini sauce drizzled on top.
7 Points value per serving
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Dietary Information Wellness

This meal was designed in collaboration with nutritionists with your holistic health in mind.

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  • Nutrition
  • Calories
    570 Cals (est.)
Za'atar Chicken Grain Bowl with Veggies & Lemon-Tahini Sauce
  • 10 oz Boneless Chicken Breast Pieces
  • ½ cup Pearled Barley
  • 1 Tbsp Za'atar Seasoning (Sumac, Aleppo Pepper, Sesame Seeds, Salt, Thyme & Whole Oregano)
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 6 oz Kale
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 oz Sliced Roasted Red Peppers
  • 2 Tbsps Dried Currants
  • 2 Tbsps Tahini

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the barley
1 Cook the barley

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, add the barley and cook, uncovered, 28 to 30 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

2 Prepare the ingredients

Meanwhile, wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and thinly slice the onion. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Roughly chop the peppers. Quarter and deseed the lemon. In a bowl, combine the tahini, 2 tablespoons of water, and the juice of 2 lemon wedges; season with salt and pepper.  

Prepare the ingredients
Cook the chicken
3 Cook the chicken

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels; place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and half the za'atar. Toss to coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

4 Cook the vegetables

To the pan of reserved fond, add the sliced onion and chopped garlic. Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale and remaining za'atar. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any fond, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Add the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; stir to combine.

Cook the vegetables
Finish the barley & serve your dish
5 Finish the barley & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked barley, add the cooked vegetables, currants, and chopped peppers; stir to combine. Serve the cooked chicken over the finished barley. Top with the lemon-tahini sauce. Enjoy!

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