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Seasoned with a traditional Middle Eastern Za’atar spice blend and grilled, this Za’atar chicken is juicy and packed with unique flavors. In just 20 minutes you have a tasty and filling dinner that no one will forget!

If you’ve never heard of Za’atar herbs, you’re not alone! I heard about it recently, and now I’m hooked! It’s a great savory blend of warm and earthy spices that will truly blow your taste buds. You can also make the herb at home! If you like homemade seasoning, you must try these homemade fajita seasoning, it’s better than store bought Italian seasoning, and so are these taco seasoning!

Za'atar chicken on a plate with tomatoes, lemons, pita bread and herbs on the side.

Grilled Za’atar Chicken

So at this point you might be wondering what Za’atar spices are? It is a blend of savory, nutty and earthy spices that usually contain oregano, thyme, marjoram and sumac. There are different blends of Za’atar spices based on where you eat it. A bit like curry, the ingredients can change based on the area it’s made in. I also have a link to the Za’atar spice mix in the recipe box below if you want to make it, or you can pick it up at the store.

Grilled Za’atar chicken is quickly marinated in the Za’atar spices and olive oil and grilled to perfection. I really think you are going to love this dish! It’s a simple 20 minute dinner that would be great with some pita bread and hummus. I also love baba ganoush which goes great with these Za’atar spices. You can even sprinkle some on top and the taste is incredible. I think this is going to be a new family favorite!

Process shots with seasonings added to a glass bowl with olive oil, whipped that mixture, then added to a plastic bag with the chicken in it.

Ingredients

These simple ingredients combine to make the tastiest and most succulent chicken. This Za’atar chicken is so unique and incredibly flavorful! If you’re looking for a delicious easy dinner, this is the recipe for you! See recipe card below for exact measurements.

  • Boneless chicken breasts: If you end up with a brisket that’s very thick, you’ll need to flatten it a bit so it all cooks evenly on the grill.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil is a must for this recipe. It is a high quality oil that really brings out the flavors in the seasonings.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice is just what this recipe needs to bring out all these delicious flavors!
  • Za’atar Seasoning: I love making this blend at home! It’s really spicy and nutty, and perfect on meat. I add sesame seeds, coriander and salt to my blend and I love it!
  • Garlic: Chopped garlic is one of my favorite things to eat on chicken. It’s so full of flavor and makes every bite the perfect one!
Grilled chicken on a plate with pita bread, lemons and tomatoes.

Za’atar Chicken Recipe

This recipe is so easy! I love how quickly it comes together and it really is that delicious. I ate it with some tomatoes and pita bread and it was perfect. Some of my kids added salt and pepper, but I thought it was perfect the way it was. You can make it however you want, and I know you’ll love it!

  1. whisk: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, za’atar seasoning and garlic.
  2. to bag: Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag and pour the mixture over the chicken.
  3. Cool: Seal the bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  4. grill: Grill chicken breasts over medium heat for 7-8 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165° Fahrenheit.
  5. Enjoying: Let the chicken rest before carving and enjoy!
Za'atar chicken on a plate sliced ​​with pita bread, tomatoes and lemons.

Tips for grilling chicken

Here are some easy ways to make yourself the master of the grill! Once your friends and family get a bite of your grilled Za’atar chicken, they’ll be hooked. It’s hard not to be when they’re so juicy and flavorful.

  • Use a thermometer: This step is super important so your chicken doesn’t dry out on the grill. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of your chicken. You can take them off the grill when the temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit within. Cooking them longer can dry them out.
  • Let it rest: The key to juicy grilled Za’atar chicken is to let it rest for a minute or two after you take it off the grill. This allows all the tasty juices to be reabsorbed, giving you chicken breast that melts in your mouth! Cutting them too soon after grilling can release those juices instead of being absorbed back into the meat.
  • dripping: If your chicken has spices and oil dripping, the flames will hit the meat and that’s where the blackened part comes from. If you don’t want crunchy crunchy parts on your chicken, make sure your seasoning is all over your chicken, but not dripping.

A fork holding up a piece of chicken over the plate of Za'atar chicken with a tomato and lemon.

Store leftovers

Who doesn’t want grilled Za’atar chicken for leftovers? This recipe is enough for eight people, so if you want to save your leftovers, here’s how.

In the fridge: Store your cooled chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, za’atar seasoning and garlic.

  • Place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag and pour the mixture over the chicken.

  • Seal the bag and refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to overnight.

  • Grill chicken breasts over medium heat for 7-8 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165° Fahrenheit.

  • Let the chicken rest before carving and enjoy!



Serves: 8

Portion4ozcalories163kcal (8%)Carbohydrates2g (1%)Egg white18g (36%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated fat1g (5%)Polyunsaturated Fat1gmonounsaturated fat6gtrans fat0.01gcholesterol54mg (18%)Sodium100mg (4%)potassium336mg (10%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar0.2gVitamin A83IU (2%)Vitamin C4mg (5%)Calcium34mg (3%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is an estimate only. Every recipe and nutritional value will depend on the brands you use, measurement methods and portion sizes per household.

Class Dinner

kitchen Middle East

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