grilled chicken za’atar

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!


5.0 from 2 reviews
Grilled Chicken Za'atar
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Serves: 2-3
  • 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


  1. says

    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!

    • Emily says

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

  2. says

    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?

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