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Zaatar and Lemon Grilled Chicken

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.

Sunset JUNE 2011

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total:30 Minutes


  • 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


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.

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

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 406
  • Calories from fat: 67%
  • Protein: 27g
  • Fat: 31g
  • Saturated fat: 6.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 4.8g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Sodium: 244mg
  • Cholesterol: 98mg

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