Za’atar is a delicious Middle Eastern spice blend that will liven up any chicken or fish dish. It is traditionally served baked onto pita bread with some olive oil and is a spice blend that normally contains ground dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, toasted sesame seeds, and can contain additional spices depending on the blend. It is becoming increasingly easy to find in stores, and if you can’t find it in your local store, you can follow this Alton Brown version (love him!) and whip up your own. If you like Middle Eastern flavors, this will become a quick favorite in your spice collection.
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The calorie count is high on this recipe because it includes the whole chicken including all skin and fat. If you remove the skin, trim the fat, etc. the dish has significantly less calories and fat.
The leftover chicken makes delicious sandwiches for lunch or dinner the next day. Wrap it up in a pita, some veggies, and you have a delicious Middle Eastern meal.
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