My favorite of all of these concoctions is my homemade Za'atar spice blend. If you are not familiar, it is a Middle Eastern inspired spice that dates back to ancient times. It really has an amazing flavor and kick that you can't quite put your finger on at first. It's tangy, warm and has the most interesting bite.
You will find yourself sprinkling it on salads, pasta, various meats and grilled pita breads. The possibilities are endless. If you are a Za'atar spice newbie, this chicken recipe will give you a nice introduction. I promise you, this will be your new favorite spice blend!
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Serves: 1 chicken breast
Spice serves: about 1/2 cup prepared
FOR ZA'ATAR SPICE:
2 TBSP dried thyme leaves
2 TBSP ground cumin
2 TBSP ground coriander
2 TBSP toasted sesame seeds
2 TBSP dehydrated lemon peel
1 TBSP kosher salt
1/2 TBSP red pepper flakes
1 boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced in half
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
To make Za'atar spice blend, first start off by toasting your sesame seeds on medium high heat in a dry pan tossing constantly until slightly toasted and fragrant.
In an airtight container place toasted sesame seeds and remaining spice ingredients all together and toss with a spoon. Can be stored up to 1 month in a dry room temperature pantry.
Slice chicken breast in half to reveal two breasts with equal thickness.
Place olive oil in pan and heat for about 30 seconds.
Liberally coat both sides of the chicken in Za'atar spice.
Cook for 4-6 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. Place chicken on plate to rest for 1-2 minutes. Slice and enjoy!
This recipe can be made with more chicken breast and works great for meal prep! I make a pack of chicken on Saturdays and slice it over salads all week!
Once again, get your asses in the kitchen!
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