Zaatar Chicken

I found a new Mediterranean grocer, which  not only provided me with an awesome new brand of Turkish coffee, olives, and feta, but a bunch of spices. This included a couple new ones for me: zaatar and sabzi ash. I picked them up because of the way they smelled and the spices listed in the ingredients. Zaatar contains herbs like thyme, oregano, marjoram, mixed with toasted sesame seeds. After a quick search, I found a recipe for zaatar chicken with grilled lemon. 

It makes for a very Mediterranean marinade, and I think I’ll not only be making this again, but using zataar in a few dishes. I think it will taste great with lamb!

I served this with grilled asparagus and some tzatziki and I completely cleaned my plate. Possibly twice.

Zaatar Chicken

Zaatar Chicken



  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons zaatar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 4 chicken thighs skin on, bone in
  • Lemon thick slices


  • Mix all ingredients in a ziploc bag, add the chicken, massaging in.
  • Let marinade all day.
  • Remove from the bag, and grill on medium low heat, until cooked through.
  • Grill the lemon slices for a minute or so on each side.
  • After pulling the chicken off the grill, squeeze the lemon over the chicken.


Adapted from My Recipes
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