Za'atar and Honey Chicken

Sweet, rich, and bold flavors. This honey-roasted za'atar chicken is bound to be your new favorite holiday addition or dinner cuisine. 

If you're a fan of honey-roasted chicken you're going to love this.

We love honey chicken. But before we tried this recipe, we didn't know it could get any better. But do you know what else we love? Za'atar seasoning. So we thought, why not mix the two things we absolutely love together?

The result? The perfect dinner cuisine.

If you're looking for something with bold flavors, you've got to try this Mediterranean spin on a classic oven-baked recipe.

What does honey and za'atar taste like?

Za'atar is a famous Middle Eastern seasoning that's composed of different herbs. It's usually made up of thyme, sesame seeds, oregano, salt, and sumac. But depending on where you get it, the mix might have more or fewer ingredients.

This spice mix can be mixed with anything, such as nuts, hummus, sweet potatoes, roasted carrots, garlic confit, pita chips—you name it! You can sprinkle za'atar on any dish, really.

Although za'atar is a spice mix, it isn't necessarily spicy. It is actually a very earthy and tangy seasoning. When mixed with honey, it offers the perfect blend of sweet and savory. For those who want more heat in their za'atar, you can always add in some chili flakes to give your za'atar some kick.

Honey and za'atar are actually a very common combination, they're used in plenty of snacks and dishes aside from the honey za'atar chicken we're making today. That's just how perfect a combination they are.

What goes well with the honey za'atar chicken?

There are tons of variations to this meal. Some add potatoes, others will add roasted chickpeas. But for this recipe specifically, we decided to go for something a bit more festive.

Since the holiday seasons are coming up, we added in some dried fruit and red wine to really give our honey za'atar chicken a festive finish.

This honey-roasted za'atar chicken is bound to have everyone at your dinner table drooling over the sweet and herby aromas.

What sides should I include?

This certainly comes down to personal preference, but white basmati rice would go perfectly with this honey za'atar chicken.

And of course, you can never go wrong with some flatbread, either. This lets you savor your entire meal. You can use the flatbread to wipe your plate clean from any leftover honey and za'atar! You can also dip it in some za'atar oil.

For those who want to avoid eating carbs on carbs, here's a more guilt-free option. Try prepping some Mediterranean salad with za'atar tahini dressing. A salad never hurts.

Although the dish itself is pretty bold, the recipe is actually quite simple. Ready to try this amazing dish out for yourself? Keep scrolling for the full recipe.

How to Make Honey-Roasted Za'atar Chicken With Dried Fruit

Because this is a baked recipe and baking takes quite a while, the total time to prepare this dish might take up to 2 hours. It may sound like a long time, but the overall process is still very easy to follow. Anyone can make this!

Honey-roasted Za'atar Chicken Recipe

Serves: 4 to 5

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour to 1 hour 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 to 2 hours


  • Approximately 20 ounces ( scant 4 cups) of dried fruit, we're using dried apricot and pitted dried prunes
  • 3 tablespoons of Zesty Z za’atar seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pkg chicken quartered or 4 chicken thighs or legs, leave the skin on
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • ⅓ cup honey


  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Take your dried fruits and place them into a 9x13-inch pan. Spread apricots and dried prunes evenly inside the pan, and then set aside.
  3. Now, grab a small or medium-sized bowl. Take your Zesty Z za'atar seasoning and extra virgin olive oil and combine it in this bowl. Continue combining the two until you've created an olive oil za'atar paste.
  4. Once you feel like you've got the right pasty texture, rub the za’atar paste all over your chicken. Be generous in this step and try to cover all areas of the chicken evenly.
  5. When you're done generously and evenly coating your chicken with za'atar paste, place chicken on top of dried fruit inside the pan you prepared a while ago.
  6. Take your dry red wine of choice and pour wine around the chicken. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste.
  7. Grab a foil sheet big enough to cover the entire chicken and pan. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  8. When the time is up, take the pan and uncover the chicken. Get rid of the foil, you no longer need it. Now, inhale the earthy and herby aroma of the chicken.
  9. Then take your honey and begin to drizzle the honey all over the chicken. Be generous and try to spread it as evenly as possible.
  10. When you're done drizzling, leave uncovered and place chicken back into the oven for an additional 30-45 minutes. Baste the chicken every 10 minutes with the pan juices until the 30 to 35 minutes are up.

For More Chicken Recipes

If you're craving some more za'atar chicken recipes, here are two more classic chicken dishes leveled up with your new favorite spice mix:

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