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Zaatar and Lemon Grilled Chicken

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.

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


Adeena Sussman, Sunset

JUNE 2011


Source: MyRecipes