Tonight’s dinner came together in no time. In fact, if I hadn’t marinated the chicken (which honestly isn’t really necessary, but does help), dinner would have been on the table in well under 20 minutes.

A while back I made some za’atar mix, a popular Lebanese spice mixture made of thyme, sumac and sesame seeds. I decided to use the leftovers on some chicken thighs. I always have chicken thighs in my freezer. I LOVE dark meat chicken. It is so much more moist and flavorful than white meat and it holds up so well in braising and in broiling. And, if you skin the chicken, it’s really not a whole lot worse for you than chicken breasts, just a little higher in fat.

I was planning on serving this with couscous until I realized right before dinner that we were out of couscous. D’oh! Luckily, I did have some quinoa on hand so I used that instead. Quinoa is a very healthy seed, though it’s treated as a grain in cooking. It’s a little larger than couscous in size with a nutty flavor somewhat similar to brown rice. Thankfully, it takes a lot less time to cook than brown rice, too, so I wasn’t scrambling TOO much when I realized we were out of couscous. Plus, Tom prefers quinoa to couscous, so that’s a bonus.

In addition to the quinoa, I served these with a simple cucumber and feta salad. This was a really simple, easy meal that turned out great. The chicken was so moist and flavorful, especially considering the extremely short list of ingredients.

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