Mediterranean Za’atar Chicken
If you’ve never tried Za’atar seasoning, but love Mediterranean foods, you owe it to yourself to try this recipe! Za’atar is a traditional Middle Eastern blend of sumac, seseame seeds and herbs that is used in cuisines from around the Mediterranean basin. The blend is full of richly aromatic herbs, balanced by tart sumac and salt. In this recipe, we make a seasoning rub from Za’atar seasoning, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, then spread it on chicken and bake it to perfection. While it’s baking, your house will smell amazing, we promise! What are your favorite recipes that use Za’atar? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear them!
In a small bowl, combine the Za’atar, olive oil, lemon juice and minced garlic. Mix well until you form a paste. Pound the chicken breast to a uniform thickness, about 1″ thick, then spread Za’atar seasoning paste on all sides of the chicken. Make more paste, if necessary.
Place the chicken on a roasting rack and put in an over preheated to 400ºF. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the chicken reaches 165ºF. Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.
Slice the chicken and serve with pita bread, feta cheese, lemon wedges and oil & vinegar on the side. Garnish with dry Za’atar seasoning and enjoy a meal made for dipping and mixing!