Za’atar [ZAT-ahr] is a Middle Eastern spice blend of sumac, thyme, roasted sesame seeds, marjoram, oregano and salt. It is a common all-purpose spice in Middle East used with bread, poultry, meat, vegetables, yogurt and olive oil. It is pretty easy to find it in international section of the grocery store if you don’t feel like making it yourself. Feeling nostalgic for Dubai and the yummy Lebanese and Iranian food, I decided to make a semi Middle Eastern dish.
Ingredients: 4 boneless chicken thighs or breasts, lemon juice from 1 lemon, bunches of fresh mint chopped, 2 tablespoons of za’atar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened yogurt (like Greek), salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425. To a bowl add fresh lemon juice. Add olive oil and whisk together.
Add za’atar and mint and mix together.
Rub chicken with salt and pepper. Add the mint mix and yogurt to the chicken.
Mix together and lay in a buttered dish
Bake in oven till the chicken is cooked for around 20 to 30 minutes.