This recipe for baked zaatar chicken is really easy to make and gives a nice Middle Eastern flavor to your everyday chicken dinner.
You know when you go to a nice Italian restaurant they sometimes give you bread with olive oil and herb blend dipping sauce. Well, growing up I watched my father do something just like this with pita bread and Zaatar. I remember asking for a taste every time. Zaatar is a Middle Eastern spice blend traditionally an herb with the same name. However, now it’s more like curry, combining several ingredients such as oregano, thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds.
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Not too long ago I picked up a container of this yummy spice mix in a middle eastern store down in the strip district of Pittsburgh.
I used the zaatar to make a marinade for chicken and it turned out great. So easy, and such great flavor. Though I baked it in the oven, I”m sure it would also be great on the grill.
Give it a try.
- chicken parts
- 2 tablespoons zaatar
- Juice of one lemon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 large clove of garlic - minced or grated
- Combine all ingredients together in a large plastic zip bag and marinate in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
- Preheat oven at 425.
- Place chicken, skin side up in a large baking pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove and turn chicken parts.
- Continue baking for 20-30 additional minutes.
- Remove and serve.