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423
Calories 
5g
Carbs 
29g
Fat 
34g
Protein 
12
Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(10 PointsPlus®)

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Recipe

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.

Prep Time

Za’atar Baked Chicken

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Ingredients

8
  • 3 lb whole chicken cut into pieces
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup za’atar spice blend
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
varies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 423
Calories from Fat 264
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g
45%
Saturated Fat 8g
38%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 128mg
43%
Sodium 519mg
23%
Total Carbohydrate 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 0g
Protein 34g

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and Za’atar. Rub all over the chicken and let marinate in the fridge for at least one hour, preferably over night.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray the bottom of a roasting pan with non stick cooking spray and spread the chicken out evenly. If desired, place the chicken over a bed of potatoes, onions, and a leafy green. Pout remaining marinade over the chicken.
  3. Cook for 45 minutes or until juice runs clear. Enjoy!
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Notes

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.

† SmartPoints™ and PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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