I want to start out by saying that we grilled out on the hottest day of the year, probably my lifetime. Although, if you want to get technical, I watched from our chilly, air-conditioned apartment as that future-husband-of-mine survived temperature changes of around 50 degrees going back and forth to our miniature grill.

We are not your frequent chicken eaters. I always think that chicken breasts = blah. Give me some wings? Maybe some thighs?  You’ve got my attention.

I’ve had za’atar seasoning in my cupboard for at least a year, and definitely don’t use it enough, so grilled chicken with za’atar was immediately put on my “to-make” list when I came across it in Bon Appetit. With minimal prep and a flavorful, healthy dinner, chicken might just start making more of an appearance after all. :)

*The marinade is simple to throw together, just don’t forget to make it the night before you plan on having it!


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Grilled Chicken Za'atar
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  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp za'atar seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp minced rosemary
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 lb chicken thighs
  • za'atar for sprinkling
  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in large ziplock bag.
  2. Add chicken and coat all chicken.
  3. Marinate chicken in refrigerator over night.
  4. Heat grill and when hot cook chicken for about 4 minutes per side.
  5. Sprinkle with extra za'atar if desired.
*Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

10 Comments (Reply )

  1. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    This sounds delicious! We used to eat chicken a few times per week but not so much anymore.

    We haven’t grilled much this summer — the weather has been so crazy!


  2. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    I have to say, I really do love grilling chicken. I mean, I pretty much love anything grilled, but there’s something so simple and satisfying about grilled chicken! This looks great- I’ve never cooked with za’atar!


  3. Mercedes
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    I have never heard of za’atar, but your chicken looks delicious! And great lighting on your photos!


  4. Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    This looks really yummy. I love cooking up chicken


  5. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    What’s za’atar? What does it taste like?


    • Emily
      Aug 02, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

      It is a popular Middle Eastern spice blend containing sumac, thyme, sesame seeds and salt – really yummy on pita or naan too!


  6. Maris (in Good Taste)
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

    I’d say he did a great job on the grill and you did a great job on the marinade. Teamwork!


  7. Alyse
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    Mmm looks juicy and delicious! Those green beans photographed beautifully, too!


  8. Caroline
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    Mmm, zaatar is an old favorite of mine! I remember when I was young and visited my family in the Middle East each summer… we would have fluffy bread covered in a thick layer of olive oil + zaatar every afternoon while we drank hot tea out on the veranda. Ahh .. isn’t crazy how something like a spice can evoke such a vivid memory?


  9. Carissa @ Fit To Indulge
    Aug 03, 2011 @ 12:36 am

    I have never used za’atar but I LOVE middle eastern flavor. Must pick some up.


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