Za'atar Chicken Thighs


Chicken thighs that are ridiculously simple yet packed with flavor thanks to a generous amount of za'atar. I like to serve this chicken with a fresh green salad of romaine, red onion, and tomato with a tahini-lemon dressing.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs, with skin

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 tablespoons za'atar, divided, or more to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Place chicken in a bowl and coat with olive oil. Season liberally with sea salt and black pepper on all sides.

  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs, skin-side down, to the hot skillet. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon za'atar immediately over each chicken thigh. Cook chicken, without turning, until skin is crispy and browned, 7 to 10 minutes.

  4. Turn chicken so skin side faces up and remove skillet from heat. Sprinkle remaining za'atar quickly and evenly over each chicken thigh. Spoon some of the rendered chicken fat from the pan over the top of the za'atar.

  5. Place the skillet in the preheated oven and roast until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink near the bone, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use other cuts of chicken, just be sure the skin is left on. Note that cooking times will vary when using a cut other than the thigh, as well as if the chicken is boneless.

To make a tahini-lemon dressing for the salad, simply mix 3 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons tahini, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and salt together.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

194 Calories
12g Fat
2g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 194
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 147mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 203mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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