If you’re not accustomed to cooking with bulgur wheat (also known as burghul), this dish is a great place to start! Bulgur, a whole grain, is often used in Mediterranean cooking to add a nutty flavor and chewy texture to a variety of meals. To learn more about this yummy grain, look no further than my comprehensive guide, What is Bulgur Wheat? 

If you are a fan of one-pot chicken recipes, be sure to also check out our Marry Me Chicken and Chicken Stroganoff recipes.

A roasted chicken thigh with bulgur wheat on a plate with a fork from the top view.


We’re using Mediterranean-inspired spices, such as cumin and paprika, to season the juicy, tender chicken thighs. The rest of the dish is packed with bulgur wheat to add substance and a satisfying, chewy texture. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll need:

Ingredients for a dish with chicken thighs and bulgur from the top view.
  • For the bulgur wheat, you can choose from various types of bulgur. I like to use medium coarse bulgur (affiliate link) but you can also use Bob’s Red Mill red bulgur (affiliate link).
  • To make the chicken bulgur recipe, you’ll need skinless, bone-in chicken thighs, olive oil, ground cumin, paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, an onion, a bell pepper, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, bulgur wheat, chicken stock (my favorite recipe is Ina Garten’s Chicken Stock), chopped fresh parsley, and feta cheese (optional). 

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don’t have one or more of the above ingredients and you’re in a pinch, feel free to make some swaps and substitutions to accommodate what you have on hand. Here are some suggestions: 

  • Bulgur: While I love to use bulgur for the heartiness, flavor, and texture it provides, I know that it can sometimes be tricky to find at the grocery store. If your local store is out of stock and there’s no time to buy online, you can rest assured that recipes with bulgur wheat and chicken taste great with other grain substitutes. Among all the bulgur substitutes, we recommend using quinoa for this recipe, as it provides a similar texture and flavor. If you’re unfamiliar with quinoa, we have an easy guide to help you cook quinoa with confidence.
  • Seasonings: I chose to keep things simple by seasoning the meat with cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. If these seasonings don’t appeal to your taste buds, try substituting them with Mediterranean Spice Blend, Italian seasoning, dried oregano, or dried thyme to add a pleasant, mild flavor to the dish. 
  • Sun-dried tomatoes: For this one pot bulgur dish, I recommend purchasing a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil (8 ounces), as they tend to have the best flavor. You can also purchase packaged and dehydrated sun-dried tomatoes, although I recommend soaking them in a bowl of water for 5 minutes before adding them in. Regular canned tomatoes would also work in a pinch, but be sure only to use a cup of stock if you’re adding in the canned tomatoes with their juices. 

How to Make Chicken with Bulgur

While this Mediterranean bulgur with chicken looks (and tastes) like a restaurant-worthy dish, it requires minimal effort and only one skillet! Once you sear the meat and saute the rest of the ingredients in the pan, all you have to do is pop it in the oven, sprinkle it with a little parsley, and set it on the table to enjoy. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven: Set your oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
A person showing how to oil and season chicken thighs from the top view.
  1. Prep the meat: Use paper towels to thoroughly dry each chicken thigh. Drizzle them with olive oil. 
  2. Mix the seasoning: Add the cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper to a small bowl and mix until combined. 
  3. Season the meat: Rub each thigh with the spice mixture. 
  4. Heat the skillet: Add the olive oil to an oven-safe skillet (affiliate link) and heat over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers. 
A person searing chicken and cooking veggies from the top view.
  1. Sear: Place the thighs in the hot pan and sear for 4-5 minutes per side until lightly golden brown. There’s no need to fully cook the chicken, as you’re aiming just to give it some color. Transfer to a plate and set aside. 
  2. Saute the onion: Add the onion and pepper to the same skillet and saute for 7-8 minutes or until the onion is translucent. 
  3. Stir in the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes: Stir in the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and cook for an additional minute. 
A person adding bulgur wheat and chicken stock to a pot.
  1. Add the bulgur: Add the bulgur and constantly stir for 2-3 minutes as it cooks. 
  2. Add the stock: Pour in the stock and place the seared thighs back in the skillet. Let the bulgur mixture come to a boil. 
  3. Bake: Carefully place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the internal temperature of one of the thighs registers 165 degrees F. 
  4. Garnish and serve: Remove the skillet from the oven and top with feta cheese (if using) and chopped fresh parsley. Serve. 

How to Serve

If you’re in need of a quick weeknight dinner, you can skip the sides and serve this burghul chicken as a complete meal. The meat adds lots of protein, and the bulgur makes it ultra hearty and filling! If you have the time, I recommend whipping up my Creamy Yoghurt Dill Sauce to drizzle right on top. 

You can also pair this dish with a side salad to add a boost of nutrients. Continue with the Turkish theme by pairing it with a Turkish Bean Salad, or keep things simple and make my Spring Salad Recipe

How to Store, Freeze, Reheat, and Thaw

Once you’ve enjoyed this bulgur chicken recipe for dinner, you can store your leftovers in the fridge for an easy next-day lunch or dinner option. This dish also freezes well, so feel free to make extra to store away for busy weeks ahead. Here are a few tips:

  • Store: Bring leftovers to room temperature before placing them in an airtight container with a lid. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
  • Freeze: Bring the bulgur chicken dish to room temperature and place it in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to a month. 
  • Reheat: Reheat leftovers in the skillet on the stove. You may need to add a little water or stock to keep it from drying out. Or, reheat it in the microwave for about a minute or two, stirring every 30 seconds or so to ensure that it is heating evenly.
  • Thaw: Thaw the leftover bulgur wheat with chicken (from frozen) overnight in the fridge. 
A chicken and grain dish topped with feta cheese from the top view.

Expert Tips

While this recipe is fairly simple and straightforward, having some helpful tips and tricks in your toolkit can help you achieve restaurant-quality results on your first try. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Saute the bulgur before adding the stock: It might be tempting to add the bulgur and chicken broth at the same time, but it’s actually important to first saute the burger before adding your liquid. Taking the time to saute the bulgur with the rest of the ingredients ensures that the grain soaks up all those yummy flavors. I also follow this method for my Turkish Bulgur Pilaf, which resembles a bulgur risotto. 
  • Sear until just browned: We’re lightly searing the thighs before allowing them to cook fully in the oven. Most bulgur recipes with chicken recommend this method as well, as it locks in moisture and flavor. Don’t skip this step, as it only takes a few minutes and will definitely pay off in terms of texture and taste.


Do I need to pre soak bulgur?

There is no need to pre-soak your bulgur. Bulgur is a fairly thin grain that cooks quickly, so you’ll be able to achieve a fluffy, tender texture without soaking it first.

Do I need to rinse bulgur before cooking?

Rinsing bulgur before cooking isn’t necessary, but it all comes down to personal preference. If you prefer to rinse your bulgur, you can place it in a colander and rinse it with cold water.

Other One-Pot Chicken Recipes You Might Like

One-pot meals are truly life-saving when you’re in need of a yummy, no-fuss dinner that requires minimal cleanup. If you like chicken and bulgur wheat recipes like this one, you’ll also love these other single-skillet meals: 

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Chicken with Bulgur Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Yields4 servings
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Chicken with Bulgur is a Mediterranean-inspired dish that features juicy chicken thighs and fluffy, tender bulgur wheat. This one-pot recipe comes together in under an hour for a quick weeknight dinner or an easy, impressive dinner party entree.


  • 6 chicken thighs, skinless bone in
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium-size onion, chopped (~1 cup)1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jar sun-dried tomatoes, 8oz. drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ cups bulgur wheat
  • 1 ¾ cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped parsley


  • Preheat oven to 400 F˚.
  • Pat dry chicken thighs on all sides with paper towels. Drizzle them with olive oil.
  • Mix together cumin, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl until fully mixed.
  • Sprinkle chicken on all sides using the spice mixture.
  • Heat a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat until it is shimmering hot.
  • Add the now-seasoned thighs and sear for about 4 minutes on each side until they are nicely browned. We are not cooking the meat fully here, but rather just browning it. Transfer onto a plate and set aside.
  • Add the onion and pepper to the now-empty skillet and cook, scraping the chicken bits at the bottom using a wooden spoon for about 7-8 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  • Stir in the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and cook for one minute.
  • Add in the bulgur wheat and cook, constantly stirring, for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the stock and transfer the seared chicken back into the skillet. Bring it to a boil.
  • Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and roast for 15 minutes or until a digital thermometer inserted in one of the thighs registers 165 F˚.
  • Carefully remove from the oven and sprinkle with feta cheese (if using) and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.


  • Store: Bring leftovers to room temperature before placing them in an airtight container. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
  • Freeze: Bring the dish to room temperature and place it in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to a month. 
  • Reheat: Reheat leftovers in the skillet on the stove. You may need to add a little water or stock to keep it from drying out. Or, reheat it in the microwave for about a minute or two, stirring every 30 seconds or so to ensure that it is heating evenly.
  • Thaw: Thaw the leftovers (from frozen) overnight in the fridge. 
  • It is optional, but you can add a fresh squeeze of lemon juice at the end for a great way to brighten the dish.


Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 216mg | Sodium: 610mg | Potassium: 623mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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  1. Instead of Bulger Wheat can Wheat Berries be substituted and as they are larger than the Bulgar, does the cooking time or prep need to be different?

    1. Hello Sampson,
      I’ll be honest, I have never made this dish with wheat berries, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. The timing though would be longer as wheat berries take longer to cook. If it was me, I would par-cook it separately until it is al dente and then put it in the oven with the chicken. The amount of chicken stock you’ll need would be less too. I would assume that 1 cup would be a good place to start.
      I hope this helps.

      1. Did the recipe with Hard Red Spring Wheat Berries instead of the bulger. Simmered the berries for 50 minutes to soften them before adding them to the recipe. Also used boneless chicken breasts as an alternative to the chicken thighs. Came out a well-received dish that is now printed and in a protective plastic sheet protector to guard against future spills and stains when I make it in the future.

        Thanks for the recipe and the encouragement to use the berries.

        Will be trying some more of your ideas.

      2. This makes me very happy to hear. Thanks for sharing your experience and taking the time to leave a review, S. Sampson.

      1. Hi Catherine,
        So glad to hear that you liked it. Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment.

    1. Hi Mary,
      I used coarse bulgur.
      Thank you for pointing it out. I will update the recipe.
      Please let me know if you have any other questions I may be able to answer.
      Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Merhaba Aysegul, blogunu bugun facebooktan gelen bir suggested post sayesinde kesfettim ve tek kelimeyle bayildim….. Muhtesem bir bir blog, tariflerin, tarzin, fotograflarin hepsi cok sahane, ellerine saglik :)))) Ozellikle blogunu annenin anisina adamis olman çok hos, Allah sabırlar versin sana.
    Bundan sonra sıkı takipcin olacagim, basarilarinin devamini dilerim.

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      Resimleride begendigim icin cok tesekkur ederim.
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