Chicken With Za' Atar and Cumin Aioli

Allison Johnston | 14 November, 2016 | 2 Comments

            Chicken With Za' Atar and Cumin Aioli

This delightful meal is not only tasty but very filling. Perfect for any occasion. The following recipe serves 2-4 people. 



2 heads of garlic, top third cut off

6 tbsp olive oil, divided

1 3-4 pound chicken, cut in half lengthwise, backbone removed (spatchcocked)

4 Tbsp Za'atar

1 1/2 tsp lemon zest and 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp Rosemary, crumbled

1 small Serrano chile, seeded and minced 

2 tsp Marjoram

Kosher salt and freshly ground black peppercorns

Cumin Aioli( recipe follows)



Preheat oven to 400F.

Put garlic on a large sheet of foil.

Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and wrap tightly with foil.

Roast until tender and golden brown, about 45-50 minutes.

Let cool.

Place chicken in a 13x9x2" glass baking dish.

Sprinkle 2 1/2 tablespoons Za'Atar over chicken.

Squeeze roasted garlic cloves out of skins and into a small bowl; mash into a paste with the back of a fork.

Add 4 tablespoons oil, lemon zest and juice, Rosemary, Serrano chile and Marjoram; whisk to blend.

Pour over chicken; turn to coat.

Cover; chill overnight.

Season chicken with salt and pepper; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, build a medium fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to medium-high.

Brush grill rack with remaining 1 tbsp oil.

Grill chicken, turning occasionally, until skin is crisp and browned and an instant read thermometer inserted into the deepest part of the thigh without touching bone reads 160F, about 35 minutes.

Transfer chicken to a cutting board, sprinkle with remaining  1 1/2 tbsp Za'atar and let rest for 10 minutes.

Cut each chicken half into 4 pieces and serve on a platter with Cumin Aioli.

Serves 2-4.

Comments (2 Responses)

15 November, 2021


Where are the instructions for the Cumin Aioli? I can’t find the recipe.

23 April, 2021

Susan Portz

It appears the amount of Za’atar in the list of ingredients is incorrect – 1/4 cup?
In the recipe directions, it calls for 4 Tbsp total.

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