Monday, April 16, 2012

Za'atar Chicken with roasted tomato Couscous recipe

Z - ha- what? It is the coolest new Moroccan spice that I purchased after taking a Moroccan cooking class at the Savory Spice Shop. Last week, I used the spice to make the most delicious pita chips so I attempted to try making a chicken dish with it tonight.

I have to admit I was getting a little (ok..a lot) nervous about making this tonight. I was not sure if the spices I was using were right, or if dinner was going to be a total flop. I actually found myself gabbing away with Popsicle Blog on the phone tonight, subconsciously to avoid making it.

The clock was ticking...the boys would be home from baseball in less than 15 minutes...and I could not avoid giving it a try. The end result was fantastic! I actually saw my husband go back for would I recommend it? Absolutely!

Z'atar Chicken


  • 4-5 Chicken thighs
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (plus 2 Tbl. for cooking)
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. Z'atar Spice (Savory Spice Shop)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbl. rosemary
  • 1 tea. marjoram

Clean, and take the skin off your chicken thighs

In a bowl - add olive oil, z'atar spice, garlic, rosemary, and marjoram

squeeze in juice from 1/2 lemon.

And stir...

Put chicken into a gallon size bag, and pour the mixture in.

Seal the bag, and mix the spices around with the chicken. (place into the fridge for at least 3 hours)

Heat 2 Tbl. of olive oil into a large skillet.

Once the oil has heated, add the chicken.

Cook for about 10-12 minutes on each side (or until chicken is fully cooked). Then serve, and enjoy!!

Roasted Tomato Cous Cous

  • 2 Tbl. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of pearl couscous
  • 1 1/4 of water
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tea. of butter
  • 2 Tbl. of green onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup of diced cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbl. of parsley
  • 2 Tbl of garlic
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon

First chop the tomatoes

Mix with garlic, olive oil, and salt.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees on a cookie sheet for about 10 minutes.

While the tomatoes are cooking bring water, butter, and a dash of salt to a boil.

Once it is boiling, add one cup of pearl couscous.

Cover, and simmer over medium (while stirring occasionally) for 8-10 minutes.

Once the couscous is done - add parsley, green onion, tomatoes, juice from 1/2 lemon, and optional additional olive oil.

Stir! Serve warm or cold! Enjoy!!


  1. I just cleaned out my pantry and found a box of couscous -- I'll be using your recipe for tonights dinner! Thanks! BTW, where else can I find the z'atar spice? Or is it exclusive to the shop you went to?

    1. Thanks Catalina! You can find Sumac in all grocery stores, and it will work very similar. If you want to spice up the Sumac - add a little thyme, oregano & marjoram together with the Sumac to get closer to za'atar. Hope that helps!!

  2. Another great recipe that I will be pinning.

  3. Delicious! My middle eastern roots are dancing as I'm reading the recipe.

    PS- don't show the chicken pictures to PETA... ;-)

  4. Yum again, as always! Where do you find the time to find these recipes? I wish I could!

    1. Thanks!! I just do a lot of planning ahead. :)

  5. My husband and I love Moroccan food! Recipe sounds delish!

    1. I can see why you like it! Moroccan food is amazing!!


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