Za’atar Roast Chicken with Green Tahini Sauce

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I’ve been having some issues blogging lately. You’ve probably noticed, given my struggle to post just once a week. There are many factors that have gone into this, including cooking becoming more of a chore or survival mechanism than a thing I enjoy (thanks to getting home later than ever/having very little time to make dinner after work during the week). By the time the food is cooked, the table is set, and the kids have washed their hands and been seated, taking pictures is the furthest thing from my mind. In fact, if I do it at all it’s done really quickly so I can sit down and actually start eating my own dinner before my 1.5 year old inevitably finishes his and starts pawing at me, asking for more, and leaving food-stained hand prints on my clothes.

This is all to say that I kinda sorta hate this picture, but I’m posting this recipe anyway. I wish my picture could do this meal justice, but I cannot get a good pic to save my life (yes, we’ve had this more than once, yes I’ve even made it on less-stressful weekend evenings). I feel it is my duty, however, to bring this meal to your attention because it’s so good.

My kids go nuts over roast chicken and this version is no different. The chicken is spiced with things we all love, like sumac, allspice, cinnamon, and za’atar. It’s marinated in  a brothy-spice mixture, which makes it incredibly tender. You may not be able to get the skin as crispy as usual thanks to the broth, but we didn’t really have much issue (maybe because I use a higher heat). You could probably use the broiler for a minute at the end to crisp it up, too.

And as if that tender, lightly spiced chicken weren’t enough, it’s covered in an herbacious tahini sauce, sprinkled with buttery pine nuts and served along sweet red onions.

Guys, Ian (19 months old) ate more than half a red onion himself. I do not understand my children.

We love this with a Greek salad – village or Americanized with lettuce and dressing – and pita. This takes some time to marinate and cook, but most of the time is hands-off so it makes a great weekend meal when you are busy with other things like making sure your kids do a good job raking or trying to figure out why you have 29 years on a kid but still can’t manage to win a game of Spot It against him.

Za’atar Roast Chicken with Green Tahini Sauce

  • That tahini sauce is beautiful, I can only imagine the deliciousness of the za’atar roast chicken with it. Can’t wait to make this!

  • Leigh

    Lately I’ve been struggling with cooking for my family and I like to cook. I can’t imagine have to photograph and write about it too. Came to your blog for inspiration. Recipe looks great.

  • I’ve made the onions and sauce from this recipe and they are AMAZING. Like, I could drink that sauce!