Heat of the Night Chicken Bowl

Inject some spice into your evening meal with this healthy chicken dish from Sally Obermeder that’s packed with flavour and full of veggies.


  • 2 x 100g skinless chicken breasts
  • 62g (1/2 cup) pearl (big) couscous
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • Greek-style yoghurt, to serve (optional)


  • 2 tsp ground chilli
  • 2 tsp Middle Eastern spice blend
  • 2 tsp rice malt syrup
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp ground sumac
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lime (reserve the lime halves after you’ve juiced)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Pink salt and black pepper

Roast Veggies

  • 1 red (Spanish) onion, quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled but smashed with the back of a knife
  • 200g (1 1/2 cups) punnet medley cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red capsicum (pepper), seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Pink salt and freshly ground black pepper


Step 1.
Preheat the oven to 200C (400F).

Step 2.
Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl, then rub it all over the chicken, making sure it’s well coated. Set aside.

Step 3.
Place the veggies in a roasting tray, drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil, season with a little pink salt and pepper and mix well. Pop the reserved lime halves into the tray as well.

Step 4.
Place the chicken on top of the veggies and roast for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken has cooked through and the juices run clear.

Step 5.
While the chicken and veggies are in the oven, cook the pearl couscous according to the instructions on the packet.

Step 6.
Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the roasting dish and leave to rest. Then return the veggies to the oven and turn up the heat to 230C (450F). Leave the veggies in the oven for another 8-10 minutes, or until they have nicely caramelised.

Step 7.
While the veggies are in the oven for the final 8-10 minutes, quickly blanch the broccolini in a bowl and cut the chicken into 1.5cm slices. Divide the ingredients equally between two bowls. Add a dollop of yoghurt to the middle.

Serves 2


Super Green Simple and Lean Cookbook by Sally Obermeder. Extract from 
Super Green Simple and Green by Sally Obermeder & Maha Koraiem.
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