Pesto-Infused Wheatberry & Chicken Parcels with Wasabi Mayo

You will need:

(Serves 2 as a main course, 4 as a starter)

100g wheatberries

(If you can't find wheat berries, replace with brown rice but you will have to adjust propoints/calories accordingly)

Water 4 times the volume of the wheatberries

1 tablespoon green pesto

1/2 a low-salt chicken stock cube

130g cooked chicken

(I used a Moroccan variety from a supermarket. If you cook your own, make sure it's really tasty).

Small bunch coriander

6 spring onions

2 tablespoons lighter than light mayonnaise (85% less fat)

Courgette ribbons made with a vegetable peeler or mandolin

Juice of 1 lime

Bunch of chives


To serve:

(1 extra propoint/40kcal per serving)

1 Tablespoon Helmans wasabi mayonnaise per portion


Weigh out the wheatberries then add 4 times their volume of water to a pan.

Add the pesto and the 1/2 stock cube. Bring to the boil and cook for 25 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed.

Allow to cool, then mix with the cold chicken.


Pop into a food processor and 'pulse' to blend the ingredients together, but retain most of the texture of the wheatberries. The mixture needs to be slightly sticky so that it binds together, but retain its 'bite'.

Put the mixture into a bowl. Add the chopped coriander, sliced spring onions and the light mayo to bring everything together. Season to taste.


In a separate mixing bowl, squeeze the lime then slice the courgette into ribbons, straight into the lime juice. This will soften the courgette and drench it with citrus flavour.

Weigh the chicken mixture then divide into 8 equal portions.

For each 'parcel', make a cross shape using 2 courgette ribbons.

Form the chicken mixture into neat 'patties' by pressing it together firmly.

Fold up the courgette ribbon neatly against the patty.

Fold up the other ribbon to make a satisfyingly neat parcel.

My intention was to tie the chives around the parcel to finish it beautifully...however my supermarket chives were too short! So I tied 2 together then tucked them around and under the parcel to give the effect of being tied. Do what works best for you!


Arrange simply on your serving plate with a few sprigs of fresh herbs. This dish is pretty complete as the courgette acts as a refreshing contrast to the patty. You could serve with a simple salad of mixed leaves.

If you have enough pro points/calories, I can highly recommend serving this dish with a tablespoon of wasabi mayo. It just seems to bring all the flavours together and will get your palate dancing all the way to food Heaven!