Freekeh with Chicken

freekeh with chickenLet me tell you a strange fact about me. I cook different dishes, come up with few of my own at times, and collect cookbooks, yet when it comes to daily cooking, I find myself stuck on making those same 5 or 6 dishes again, and again. I don’t know why, it just happens.
“Let’s break this routine.” I told myself. Oh! And why not start today?
I went to the kitchen, opened the fridge, and scanned through it, nothing! I then opened the cabinet, and … voilà, Freekeh!
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What is freekeh you asked? It’s my hair clip. No seriously, it’s grains. It’s made from green wheat that’s roasted, smoked, and lastly dried. The rubbing process of the grain gave it the name freekeh. Freekeh is an Arabic word and it means, “Rubbed.” Freekeh is low in fat, has four times more fiber than rice, more protein than most other grains, it aids in losing weight because of it’s short transition in the body, and is low in carbohydrates. So, it’s good for you.
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Freekeh with Chicken is an Arabic dish, but there are different versions of it, depending on which Arab country you are in. The recipe I’m sharing here is tweaked :). I find this way to be quicker, and (in my opinion) it gives better flavor to this dish.
If you have never tasted freekeh, it’s time you do. Freekeh tastes good, even better than rice. You can get Freekeh at Melissa’s.
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Freekeh with Chicken
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
  • 1 chicken cut in quarters with skin and bones
  • 2 cups green freekeh washed and soaked for 15 minutes
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon powder for freekeh
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder for freekeh
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper for freekeh
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 3½ cups boiling water for freekeh
  • 1 cup fried almonds
  • * You will use pinches of salt, black pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom powder to sprinkle on the chicken.
  1. In a pan, add butter and oil.
  2. Fry onions, when translucent add the chicken, skin down.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon, salt, black pepper, and cardamom on chicken. When the bottom side of the chicken turns light red, flip and season the other side.
  4. Preheat oven to 392F/200C.
  5. Transfer chicken to a baking pan. Pour ¼ cup boiling water in the baking pan, cover and bake chicken on middle rack until cooked, around 40 minutes.
  6. Drain freekeh and add to onion, keep stirring on medium heat, until freekeh dries a bit. Add the freekeh spices and stir for 1 minute.
  7. Add 3½ cup boiling water to freekeh and the chicken bouillon. When it boils, cover tightly and continue cooking on low heat for 45 – 50 minutes. Check on freekeh every 15 minutes so it won't dry out and burn, but don't mix with spoon.
  8. Dish the freekeh onto serving plate, place the chicken on top, and garnish with fried almonds.

16 thoughts on “Freekeh with Chicken

  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I have never heard of freekeh so I believed you when you said hair pin! Just kiddindg. 😀 Thanks for the introduction of this special grain. How interesting and I’d love to try this. Your chicken and freekeh looks so good together!

  2. Munatycooking

    Lol! Thanks Nami, please try this dish, it’s very delicious. I don’t know why I don’t make it often. Let me know what you think once you try it 😉

  3. Yumgoggle

    Now I need to get hold of this freekeh…It sure looks really delicious specially with the chicken and all the herbs and spices. I love a unique and exotic dish such as this one. I love to try sometime. Thanks for sharing.
    Anyways, your phenomenal photos have caught our attention, we have been in the lookout for unique and interesting bloggers since we have launched our food photo gallery This will allow you to showcase all your great work and share it with our visitors. We’d be proud to have your work as part of our growing collection to continue to have a larger reach and further inspire all fellow food lovers out there!

  4. Munatycooking

    Thanks for your kind words and invitation, I appreciate it. I’ve been to your website and I will for sure submit my photos.
    Hope you enjoy the recipe :)

  5. Sandra M.

    Muna, this looks absolutely amazing! I love how the chicken turned out, but I never heard about freekeh. I will have to search and see is there any other names in translation. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Munatycooking

    @Spice up the Curry, Thanks for coming over, I’m sure you’ll like this dish :)

    @Sandra M, Thanks for the compliment Sandra. Freekeh is not well known in western countries, but I’ve seen recipes over the internet that used it as cereal and in salads. Hope you enjoy it :)

  7. Munatycooking

    @Medeja, You are right, I love Arabic food!

    @Yasmin, Welcome, I believe this is your first visit to my blog! I’ve been to your blog, the food is amazing and the cakes are sooo cute … I’m following you :)

  8. Shu Han

    That looks “freekeh”-shly good! Haha! Really, it does look absolutely delicious, I love the combination of spices used in the rub for the chicken, and am new to this new grain but can imagine its nutty flavours workign really well. Thanks for introducing this new dish to us!

  9. Munatycooking

    @Rosa, Thanks for stopping by dear :)… This dish is full of flavor and is addictive. Give it a try!

    @Shu Han, Glad to see you here :) … I guess Freekeh is not a familiar dish, but believe me it’s delicious and you would want to make it again and again!


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