Simple Za’atar Chicken Breasts

The Za’atar Chicken Breasts are super simple to make. Add olive oil and garlic to the Za’atar Spice for a marinade and 30 minutes in the oven.

Simple Za'atar Chicken Breasts

My good friend Elizabeth gave me a bunch of Za’atar Spice to experiment with in the kitchen. I decided to keep it easy for my first recipe and made this Simple Za’atar Chicken Breast recipe.

Simple Za'atar Chicken Breasts

If you are not familiar with Za’atar, it’s a middle eastern spice compromised of a bunch of other herbs & spices like dried oregano, thyme, marjoram, sumac and toasted sesame seeds. You can read more about it by reading this article about Za’atar on Wikipedia.

Simple Za'atar Chicken Breasts

For this recipe, you can cook the chicken breasts using whatever method you prefer. If you are baking the breasts, it should take 25-30 minutes at 350°F. But you should always cook meat to internal temperature, not time.

za'atar chicken breasts
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How to Handle Raw Chicken

  • Leave the chicken in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Be careful of dripping juices. Clean up immediately.
  • Do not wash raw chicken (prevents cross-contamination).
  • Wash all utensils and cutting boards.
  • Wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
za'atar chicken breasts

The Za’atar Spice may be a little difficult to find depending on where you are. If you are not in the mood to make your own, Dukkah or Harissa would be acceptable substitutes.

If your local grocery store simply does not carry exotic spices, your best bet would be to substitute the Za’atar Spice for Italian Seasoning. Obviously this will change the flavor profile of this recipe.

za'atar chicken breasts

You will need the following ingredients to make this Simple Za’atar Chicken Breasts recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Chicken Breasts, Za’atar Spice, Olive Oil and Garlic Cloves.

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the Za’atar spice, minced garlic, and olive oil. Spread over chicken.
  2. Bake or grill the chicken breasts until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Printable Recipe Card

Simple Za'atar Chicken Breasts

Simple Za’atar Chicken Breasts

The Za'atar Chicken Breasts are super simple to make. Add olive oil and garlic to the Za'atar Spice for a marinade and 30 minutes in the oven.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2
Calories 345 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing

Ingredients
 

  • 2 Chicken Breasts, boneless & skinless
  • 4 tsp Za'atar Spice
  • 4 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix together the Za'atar spice, minced garlic, and olive oil. Spread over chicken.
  • Bake or grill the chicken breasts until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 48gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 264mgPotassium: 836mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 144IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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3 Comments

  1. Nia says:

    Great recipe! I doubled it, and made this today; it’s delicious!
    I added a squeeze of lemon on the chicken before and after baking, only 1tsp of garlic (heaping), and a touch of smoked paprika into the mix.

    I also baked the chicken for 25 minutes, took it out of the oven, and ‘rested’ it with a piece of tented foil for about 10 minutes.
    The chicken was tender, and loaded with flavor.

    Thank you for this easy recipe!

    Oh, and I LOVE za’atar on everything, including baked on bread😄

  2. Rob Casey says:

    Great looking recipe, what is the salt measurement?

    1. Thanks. Actually no salt is needed for this recipe. The first time I made it I used salt and found it was not needed with the Za’atar spices. I forgot to remove the reference in one location so thanks for bringing that to my attention. I have since updated the post.

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