This dish plays off the traditional Greek salad. Bulgur and chicken make it substantial enough for lunch. The flavors meld slowly, so it's ideal to serve the following day.
4 1/2 cups water
3 cups uncooked medium bulgur
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons), divided
2 teaspoons salt, divided
2 1/2 cups chopped skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
2 1/2 cups chopped peeled cucumber
2 cups halved grape tomatoes
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup extravirgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
10 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
How to Make It
Combine water, bulgur, 1/2 cup juice, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Uncover and cool to room temperature.
Combine remaining 1/4 cup juice, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss to combine. Add cooled bulgur mixture; toss well to combine. Cover and chill.
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This is my favorite summertime party recipe when cooking for a crowd. It's easy and feeds so many! If you've got vegetarians on your party list, just keep the chicken separate and let carnivores add it themselves.
Excellent. I made this once as written, but I thought the texture of the chicken kind of disappeared into the texture of the bulgur. The next time I replaced the chicken with 2 (15 oz) cans of chickpeas and it was so much better. Also I used 50% less fat French feta and used twice as much. Extra parsley is really good with this also. Brought it to a potluck and it got RAVES!