Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are simply coated in za'atar and olive oil, then baked to perfection. The chicken gets a simple treatment because the za'atar spice mix imparts loads of flavor! Even better, it takes just a couple of minutes to prepare. I like these baked chicken thighs alongside a Middle Eastern inspired side dish, or try them in a wrap or green salad with a tahini dressing.

Diana Moutsopoulos


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a bowl, mix together the za'atar, salt, and olive oil until the consistency of a thick paste. Add chicken thighs to the bowl, and toss to coat liberally on all sides. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 40 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

Za'atar typically already contains salt, so take note of how salty your spice mix is and then season with additional salt accordingly. I cover the chicken very liberally with the mixture and don't leave anything left in the bowl. It may seem like a lot, but trust me - it works and it's delicious! Even my 3 year old loves it.

Nutrition Facts

175 calories; 13.8 g total fat; 39 mg cholesterol; 73 mg sodium. 2.1 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; Full Nutrition


Rating: 5 stars
This chicken was absolutely fabulous! The zatar seasoning is delicious and the chicken thighs were moist and perfectly cooked. I wouldn’t change a thing. Read More