Za'atar Chicken

Recently I have been playing around with various spice blends.  I enjoy making my own spice blends and finding out what works for my taste buds.

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!

Za'atar Chicken

Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
Serves:  1 chicken breast
Spice serves:  about 1/2 cup prepared



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. 

To prepare chicken, heat a pan (preferably a cast iron skillet) over medium high heat. 

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!

Krissi Biasiello is a native of South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Cooking since she was a little girl with her large Italian family, she decided to leave her paralegal job and shoot for the stars on FOX’s cooking competition show, MasterChef.  She beat out 43,000 homecooks across America and came in 4th place.  Under the scrutiny of Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich, Krissi has made her mark in the culinary world.  She now shares her recipes with all of you!  Her rustic, homestyle take on everything will win you over and will definitely “get your asses in the kitchen”.

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