Grilled Zaatar Chicken Recipe
Grilled Zaatar Chicken is a mouthwatering dish that brings together the bold flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine with the smoky goodness of grilled chicken. Zaatar, a spice blend consisting of herbs like thyme and oregano, sesame seeds, and sumac, imparts a unique and aromatic taste to the chicken. This recipe is perfect for a family barbecue or a flavorful weeknight dinner. Let’s get started!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of zaatar spice blend
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley leaves for garnish (optional)
- Lemon wedges for serving
1. Prepare the Marinade
- In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, zaatar spice blend, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create a flavorful marinade.
2. Marinate the Chicken
- Place the boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish.
- Pour the prepared marinade over the chicken, ensuring each piece is well coated. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. For best results, marinate for a few hours or overnight.
3. Preheat the Grill
- Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 375-400°F or 190-200°C). Make sure to oil the grates to prevent sticking.
4. Grill the Chicken
- Remove the marinated chicken from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes.
- Place the chicken breasts on the preheated grill and cook for approximately 6-8 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and has beautiful grill marks. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).
- While grilling, you can baste the chicken with any remaining marinade for added flavor.
5. Rest and Serve
- Once the chicken is done, remove it from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes. This helps the juices redistribute, ensuring moist and tender chicken.
- Garnish with fresh parsley leaves and serve with lemon wedges on the side for an extra zesty kick.
Enjoy Your Grilled Zaatar Chicken!
Grilled Zaatar Chicken is a culinary delight that’s sure to impress your taste buds. The combination of aromatic zaatar spice, grilled smokiness, and the bright freshness of lemon makes this dish a winner. Serve it with your favorite sides, such as rice, grilled vegetables, or a fresh salad, for a complete and satisfying meal.
Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, celebrating a special occasion, or simply craving a flavorful dinner, this recipe is a must-try. Enjoy the tantalizing taste of the Middle East right from your grill!
- 2 lb chicken thighs boneless and skinless
- 3 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lemon juice of
- ¼ cup zaatar
- ½ teaspoon salt
Yogurt Herb Sauce
- ¾ cup yogurt
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoon tahini
- 2 tablespoon parsley chopped
- 2 tablespoon cilantro chopped
Cut a few small slits on each chicken thigh and set aside. In a large bowl, mix olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, zaatar and salt.
When ready to grill, preheat the grill to 400°F and clean the grates. Using tongs and an oiled kitchen paper towel, grease the grates.
Place the chicken thighs on the grill. Grill for about 6 minutes on one side, then flip and grill for another 6 to 7 minutes on the other side until the chicken is fully cooked.
Mix yogurt, lemon juice, salt, pepper, tahini, parsley and cilantro in a bowl and serve with grilled zaatar chicken.
- To make the yogurt sauce, you can use Greek yogurt or any other plain yogurt.
- If you don't have cilantro, use any other fresh herb you have on hand.
- The chicken is fully cooked when it's firm and a thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers at 165°F.
- I prefer using boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe, however, boneless skinless chicken breast works too.
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 4
Amount Per ServingCalories 2675Total Fat 188gSaturated Fat 48gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 138gCholesterol 1171mgSodium 4015mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 6gSugar 13gProtein 231g
The information contained herein is subject to change.