Menopause Mezze: Chicken in Tahini Sauce

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This mezze chicken dish is packed full of healthy protein and that’s not just from the chicken. Tahini paste is made from ground sesame seeds and has 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than nuts. It’s full of the good unsaturated fats. Not only that it’s packed full of minerals such as magnesium, a wrath of the B vitamins and vitamin E, helping to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.

Serve along with our Baked Aubergine Salad and mezze dips


Serves:       4 as part of a mezze

Prep time:  10 minutes

Cook time: 30-40 minutes

This recipe was adapted from Syria: Recipes from Home by Itab Azzam and Dina Mousawi

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  •  vegetable or olive oil, for frying 
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200ml plain full fat yogurt
  • 2tbsp tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 free range chicken breasts
  • 1 heaped tbsp. butter, plus 1tbsp for topping
  • 200g brown basmati rice
  • 400ml boiling water
  • 75g pomegranate seeds
  • handful of almonds toasted


  1. Prepare the sauce by combining the garlic and yogurt and whisking until smooth. Add the tahini while stirring rapidly and, finally, the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Fry the chicken breasts in a little oil until they start to turn golden on the outside and are cooked through. Leave to cool, then shred into small pieces.
  3. In a pot, melt the butter, then add the rice, season well with salt and pepper and fry for a minute. Add the boiling water, reduce the heat, cover, then leave to simmer for 30-40 min until the water has evaporated.
  4. In a big serving dish, start assembling by evenly distributing the chicken and the rice. Top with the yogurt sauce and finish by sprinkling on the parsley and pomegranate seeds.
  5. Fry the almonds in the remaining butter and add on top for extra richness.


Other recipes in our menopause mezze series

Aubergine salad recipe