Sunny Saffron Chicken, with Bulgar wheat..

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This is a little recipe that I found on-line recently. Naturally I couldn’t bring it before you unless I’d tried it out, and changed it a bit, so it’s become our dinner this evening..

If you’ve never used Saffron, you’ll be utterly  shocked by the price of it, and what you actually get for your money. I paid £2.10 today for a portion that you probably couldn’t weigh unless you had specialist scales.

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This cost me £2.10. Having said that, I only used about half of it for this recipe.

However, I use it so rarely that it’s worth having it on my spice rack for the rare occasions that a recipe requires it. ( )

It has a subtle musky scent and flavour but it also adds an amazing golden colour to anything you cook in it. This recipe uses skinless, boneless Chicken thighs; which I like, but Mr Saturday Night doesn’t. You could use Chicken breasts instead, and reduce the cooking time. I probably will try it that way, but tonight I’m using the chicken thighs. I’d suggest 2-3 per person, depending on size.


  • Small measuring jug.
  • Teacup
  • Frying pan with lid, (or use a lid made out of Foil)
  • Small saucepan
  • weighing scales.

INGREDIENTS: For 4 people..

  • 2-3 skinless, boneless chicken thighs per person
  • 1 large onion, peeled and cut into half-moons
  • A pinch of Saffron stamens
  • 60mls of boiling water
  • the juice of 1-2 large oranges (150ml)

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  • 250ml hot Chicken stock
  • 220g uncooked Bulgar wheat


  • Put 60mls of boiling water into a cup and add the Saffron – it will start to change colour almost immediately. Leave to one side.

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  • Put the orange juice and the chicken stock into the saucepan and reduce until it measures 200mls (that takes about 10 minutes, boiling hard). Put it aside as well.

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  • Heat a tablespoonful of oil (I use rapeseed) and add the onions.
  • Cook the onions gently until they’re soft and golden but not browned. Transfer to a plate.
  • Season each side of the chicken with salt and black pepper.
  • Add oil if needed and add the chicken pieces.

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  • Cook on both sides for 7 or so minutes each until lightly browned.
  • Sprinkle over the onions.

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  • Pour over the water containing the Saffron (it will be a gorgeous golden colour by now) Rinse the cup with a little extra water if there are any Saffron strands left (remember, it costs a fortune! :) ) and mix it all in.
  • Add the reduced orange juice/stock mixture.

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  • Make sure everything’s well mixed, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer it for 20 minutes.
  • Turn over the chicken – it will be a lovely golden colour – and see how the sauce is.
  • Add in the 220g of Bulgar wheat – if any of the chicken pieces get dried Bulgar grains on them, just turn them over so that all the Bulgar has a chance to cook in the liquid.
  • Cover and leave for 15 minutes, then check to see if the Bulgar is cooked.
  • Check the seasoning.
  • Serve in bowls with some flatbread.

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  • Serve with some spring onions sprinkled over; or some fresh coriander or parsley, finely chopped.


  • This is one of those ‘everything-in-one-pan’ recipes which are so handy. I didn’t find this difficult to watch at all, as long as you keep the pan just at simmering point.
  • I served this with a small green side-salad and toasted flatbread.
  • The Saffron has a slightly strange flavour – you mightn’t be able to identify what it is, but it certainly makes it interesting.
  • The orange juice gives a lovely flavour to the Bulgar.
  • I served it before all the liquid was absorbed – I prefer it to be moist, rather than dry.
  • If the Bulgar needs more cooking but you’re short of sauce – just add up to a cupful of boiling water and stir it in.

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