Zhug Chicken


Chicken is marinated in zhug, a spicy green sauce, then baked in the oven with olives, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes for a flavorful dinner or Sunday lunch. Serve with couscous or rice.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
4 servings


  • ¾ cup zhug sauce, divided

  • 1 boneless chicken breast

  • 2 chicken legs, bone-in and skin-on

  • 2 bone-in chicken thighs with skin

  • 2 whole artichokes

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, drained

  • ½ cup marinated sun-dried tomatoes, drained


  1. Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons zhug sauce over each piece of chicken. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Remove from fridge about 30 minutes before cooking so chicken is at room temperature.

  2. Remover the outer leaves from artichokes to expose the core leaves and hearts. Cut artichokes into quarters. Put them into a bowl, cover with water, and add lemon juice. Mix artichokes around and set aside.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Place marinated chicken into a deep baking dish. Drain artichokes and add them around the chicken, pushing them down to keep them from being exposed and drying out. Top with olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

  5. Bake, uncovered, until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).


Get the recipe for Zhug, a spicy condiment made with parsley, cilantro, garlic, chiles, and spices.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

505 Calories
32g Fat
17g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 505
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 714mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 32mg 162%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 769mg 16%

* 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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