Chicken fattee

Chicken fattee

Coconut Oil: Nature’s Perfect Ingredient

At home, we call this recipe Chicken Mess, but in fact it is a fattee, which is an Arabic word for crumbled. The layers in this dish tend to be crispy flatbreads, and we make our own gluten-free versions, but shop-bought gluten-free pittas or wraps are fine here.


Quantity Ingredient
4 see method for ingredients
lucy bee coconut oil, for brushing and frying
190g brown rice
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

For the aubergine sauce

Quantity Ingredient
2 medium aubergines, cut into 2cm cubes
4 tablespoons lucy bee coconut oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon coconut sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 x 400g tin chickpeas, well rinsed
himalayan salt
ground black pepper

For the yoghurt topping

Quantity Ingredient
1 small garlic clove, peeled
pinch himalayan salt
250g greek yoghurt

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
handful parsley leaves, chopped
10g pine nuts, toasted in a dry pan


  1. Preheat the overhead grill to hot, brush the flatbreads with coconut oil and grill for about 5 minutes until crisp.
  2. For the yoghurt topping, mash the garlic to a paste with the salt, using a pestle and mortar or by squashing it on a board using the flat side of a large knife. Put the yoghurt in a bowl, add the garlic and mix until smooth.
  3. For the sauce, melt 2 tbsp coconut oil in a large frying pan and fry the aubergine until soft, adding more oil if needed. Set aside.
  4. Melt another 2 tbsp coconut oil in the same pan and gently fry the garlic until soft and starting to turn golden. Add the chopped tomatoes, sugar, cinnamon and tomato purée and cook gently for 15–20 minutes, adding a little water if it becomes too thick. Return the aubergine to the pan with the chickpeas and stir to mix. Adjust the seasoning and set aside. Meanwhile, cook the rice according to the packet instructions.
  5. Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally, by placing the palm of your hand on the breast and using a sharp knife to slice across, taking great care as you cut. Slice each halved fillet lengthways into thin strips.
  6. Melt 1 tbsp coconut oil in the frying pan. Season the chicken, add to the hot oil and quickly fry until cooked, about 5 minutes each side. Remove and set aside.
  7. Using one big serving dish, start with a layer of broken up crisp flatbreads then add a layer of the aubergine sauce. Add the rice, then the sauce, followed by the chicken strips. Finally, add the yoghurt topping and scatter over the parsley and pine nuts.
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