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Beetroot, Wild Rice and Herb Salad with Cumin Spiced Grilled Chicken

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Ingredients for Beetroot, Wild Rice and Herb Salad

For the chicken:
4 chicken breasts
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp cumin seeds, roundly ground
2 garlic cloves, crushed
salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the salad:
400g wild rice, or white & wild rice mixed
500g cooked beetroot, chopped into chunks
1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
1 small bunch each of mint, coriander and dill (reserve some for garnishing), all roughly chopped

For the dressing:
Juice & zest of 1 orange
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve:
4 tsp Greek yogurt
a few dill fronds

Beetroot, Wild Rice and Herb Salad with Cumin Spiced Grilled ChickenHow to make Beetroot, Wild Rice and Herb Salad

  • Marinate the chicken by mixing together the olive oil, cumin, crushed garlic, and salt and pepper and rub all over the chicken breasts.
  • Set aside whilst you make the salad.
  • The chicken can be marinated up to 24 hours ahead of time if you want to.
  • For the salad, cook the wild rice according to the packet instructions – it should take between 30 - 40 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse under cold running water.
  • Drain really well and tip into a large bowl.
  • Stir the spring onions, herbs and beetroot though the rice.
  • Mix together the dressing ingredients and taste to check the seasoning. It may need a little more vinegar if the orange juice is particularly sweet.
  • Stir the dressing through the salad.
  • Set aside whilst you cook the chicken.
  • Heat the oven to 200°C / Gas 6
  • Heat a griddle pan until it is really hot and sear the chicken on both sides.
  • Transfer to a baking sheet and finish cooking the chicken in the oven – depending on the thickness of the chicken it should take 10 - 15 minutes. You can also cook the chicken on a barbeque.
  • When the chicken is cooked cut each breast into thick slices.
  • To serve, pile the rice salad onto plates or a large serving platter and arrange the chicken on top.
  • Spoon the yogurt on top and garnish with a scattering of the reserved dill fronds. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

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