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Zaatar and Lemon Grilled Chicken

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 4
Season grilled chicken thighs with a Mediterranean spice blend called zaatar  that's composed of sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram and sumac.  Look for it in the spice section of your supermarket or in a Middle Eastern market.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons zaatar*
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 chicken thighs (6 to 8 oz. each)
  • 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges
  • 8 green onions

Nutrition Information

  • calories 406
  • caloriesfromfat 67 %
  • protein 27 g
  • fat 31 g
  • satfat 6.5 g
  • carbohydrate 4.8 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • sodium 244 mg
  • cholesterol 98 mg

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together oil, zaatar, lemon juice, zest, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add chicken and turn to coat.

  2. Heat grill to medium (350° to 450°). Grill chicken, skin side down, until browned, 5 to 8 minutes; watch for flare-ups and move chicken to a cooler spot if needed. Turn chicken and grill until cooked through, about 4 minutes.

  3. Grill lemon wedges and onions in last few minutes, turning once, just until grill marks appear. Serve with chicken.

  4. *Find the Middle Eastern spice blend in the spice aisle of well-stocked grocery stores and at