Za'atar Chicken

Posted: March 4

Time: 5 hours 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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Za'atar refers to a seasoning mixture popular in the Middle East, with notes of nuttiness, toastiness, herbiness, and tanginess, with a slight touch of mintiness. Za'atar Chicken coats the chicken in za'atar with other earthy, smoky spices and then slow-cooks it. The result is melt-in-your-mouth meat paired with sweet dried fruits perfect for serving over rice. Za'atar Chicken is easy to make and will welcome you home after a long day with a warm, aromatic welcome!


• 1/4 cup za'atar seasoning • 1/4 cup olive oil • 3 teaspoons dried oregano • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric • 3 pounds chicken thighs, bone-in • 1 cup pimiento-stuffed olives • 1/2 cup dried apricots • 1/2 cup dried plums, pitted • 1/4 cup water • basmati rice, optional, cooked and hot, for serving


Step 1

In a large bowl, combine the za'atar seasoning, olive oil, oregano, salt, cumin, and turmeric.

Step 2

Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat.

Step 3

In the bottom of a slow cooker, arrange the olives, apricots, and plums.

Step 4

Add the water.

Step 5

Top with the chicken.

Step 6

Cover and cook on low until the chicken is tender, about 5-6 hours.

Step 7

Serve with rice!

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