Sumac Kebabs with Couscous Tabouli


By Simone Ashton

Firstly you’re probably wondering, what the hell is Sumac?

I know right?

When I first stumbled across the word I was like, ok what the hell is that and had to research it…

Turns out it’s a shrub or small tree with compound leaves, reddish hairy fruits in conical clusters, and bright autumn colours. The fruits of the Mediterranean sumac are used as a spice, especially in Middle Eastern cuisine.

So when I was conjuring up a Lebanese recipe for the beauty I have today I wanted to give it a go…

So here’s my recipe for Sumac Kebabs with Lebanese Couscous Tabouli!


  • 6 chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
  • 1 cup (190g) couscous
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped mint
  • 2 green onions, trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • Greek Style Yoghurt, to serve (optional)
  • Pita bread, to serve (optional)

  • Combine the chicken, garlic, sumac, coriander and half the oil in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Thread the chicken onto bamboo skewers.

    You can purchase the Sumac from the herbs and spices section of your local Woolies or Coles
    It looks like this ^^^^^^^^^

  • Next, Heat a char-grill pan, barbie or large frying pan on high heat. Add your chicken skewers and cook, turning occasionally, for 5-7 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Remove from heat. Set aside to rest.

  • Next, bring the chicken stock to the boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat, add the couscous and stir to combine. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes. Use a fork to fluff grains to separate. Transfer to a bowl. Add the parsley, mint, onion, tomatoes, lemon juice and remaining oil and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Spoon the couscous tabouli among serving plates. Top with your kebabs. Serve immediately with a dash of Greek yoghurt and pita bread.

    And finally, ENJOY!

    Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on this one or if you have any recipe suggestions!

    I’m always up for trying new things!

    Love ,
    Sim x

    Or here’s another version of this recipe

Simone Ashton
Simone Ashton

Simone Ashton is a Coach & Senior Nutritionist of Absolute Health & Fitness. She is dedicated to helping women break free of the vicious dieting cycle so that they can live a happy, healthy, balanced and confident life. Her greatest achievement is her twins Eli and Indi and she shares her passion for all things nutrition, training, family, food, footy, travel and cultural experiences with her husband Clint. Together they have built AHF from the ground up to be the go to for women over 40 who are desperate for life long change and are sick and tired of being stuck in the yo-yo dieting cycle. She loves music, being free and knows happiness comes from within and to be happy you must do what feeds your soul, so that you can live your best life! Simone knows that living a healthy but balanced life is one of the keys to success and loves spending her spare time with family whilst enjoying espresso martinis, wine, chocolate and all things Italian.

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