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Spicy Buttery Turkey with Feta and Giant Couscous Salad Recipe by David Gillick

Turkey, feta and couscous are staples in my diet, so I’m always trying new ways to eat them. Varying your ingredients can give you completely different flavours and as a result, a different meal. In this Spicy Buttery Turkey with Feta and Giant Couscous Salad recipe I mix together butter, chilli and garlic to make a great-tasting paste that adds so much flavour to the turkey. Couscous and quinoa are healthy, slow-releasing carbohydrates that by themselves are bland, but stirring them through some simple ingredients can give them a new lease of life.

Serves 4


– 200g giant couscous or quinoa
– 30g butter, softened
– 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
– 1 garlic clove, crushed
– 4 turkey breast steaks
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– salt and pepper
– 1 red onion, finely sliced
– 300g ripe vine tomatoes, roughly chopped
– 100g black olives
– 100g feta cheese, crumbled
– small bunch of fresh mint leaves, chopped
– juice and zest of ½ lemon
– 30g mixed seeds
– 4 good handfuls of mixed leaves


1. Cook the couscous or quinoa as per the packet instructions and drain well. Meanwhile, mix the butter, chilli and garlic into a paste.
2. Toss the turkey in 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with a pinch of salt and pepper.
3. Heat a griddle pan over a medium heat until it’s smoking hot. Cook the turkey on the hot pan for 5 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Transfer to a plate, dot with the spicy butter and set aside to let it melt. Once the butter has melted, slice the turkey.
4. Tip the onion, tomatoes, olives, feta and mint into a bowl. Stir through the cooked couscous or quinoa along with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice and zest and seeds, and season well.
5. Place a handful of mixed leaves on four plates, divide the salad between them and put the sliced turkey on top, drizzled with any buttery turkey juices.


David Gillicks KitchenWhat we eat affects the way we feel and how we perform in all areas of our lives. David Gillick knows this better than most. Early in his athletic career he recognised the link between sporting success and nutrition and eating the right food became a powerful factor in his success. He took his love of cooking to the next level when he became a winner in the Celebrity Masterchef kitchen. Here David shares the recipes that brought him success, on and off the track in David Gillick’ s Kitchen.
David Gillick is a retired Irish international track and field athlete. During his career he broke the magical 45 second barrier over 400 metres, was twice a European champion, became an Olympian, was consistently ranked in the worlds top 10 400m athletes and holds Irish records over the distance. David has always been passionate about healthy food and in 2013 David was the winner of ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ Ireland. He works as an active food writer and blogger on He lives in Ballinteer, Co. Dublin. To buy your copy visit

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