Za’atar Chicken Thighs

Za’atar Chicken Thighs Chicken thighs that are ridiculously simple yet packed with flavor thanks to a generous amount of za’atar. I like to serve this chicken with a fresh green salad of romaine, red onion, and tomato with a tahini-lemon dressing.


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 10 mins

    COOK : 25 mins

    TOTAL : 35 mins

    SERVING : 4

    YIELD : 4 servings

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Place chicken in a bowl and coat with olive oil. Season liberally with sea salt and black pepper on all sides.

  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs, skin-side down, to the hot skillet. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon za’atar immediately over each chicken thigh. Cook chicken, without turning, until skin is crispy and browned, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Turn chicken so skin side faces up and remove skillet from heat. Sprinkle remaining za’atar quickly and evenly over each chicken thigh. Spoon some of the rendered chicken fat from the pan over the top of the za’atar.

  • Place the skillet in the preheated oven and roast until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink near the bone, about 15 minutes.

Per Serving: 194 calories; protein 19.5g; carbohydrates 2.1g; fat 11.7g; cholesterol 70.3mg; sodium 146.9mg. You can use other cuts of chicken, just be sure the skin is left on. Note that cooking times will vary when using a cut other than the thigh, as well as if the chicken is boneless.