Make juicy, tender chicken breasts with bright, zippy Mediterranean flavor from Zesty Z Za’atar seasoning using this simple hands-off recipe
Despite needing just four ingredients (including salt), this chicken is full of vibrant herbal and citrusy flavor thanks to a generous sprinkling of Zesty Z Za’atar Seasoning. Find our signature seasoning blend and flavor bundles here.
With a jar of Zesty Z Za’atar in your spice cabinet or a packet in your back pocket, you’ll never be far from a flavorful meal.
Does Za’atar Go with Chicken?
It’s probably been said that chicken pairs well with nearly any savory seasoning blend. It’s no wonder that chicken breasts are one of the most popular cuts of meat sold at grocery stores. And even if this lean protein is already in your regular rotation for weeknight meals, you probably haven't had chicken like this before.
Za’atar is a dried spice popular in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. It’s a use-on-anything type of seasoning loved for its versatility, bold flavor, and crunchy texture.
And when you coat brined chicken breasts in a thick crust of za’atar, the result is a totally unique Mediterranean dinner that packs a serious punch in the flavor department. Brining helps the meat stay moist and better absorb the fresh flavor of the seasoning blend during cooking.
What to Serve with Mediterranean Za’atar Chicken?
Because this simple recipe is largely a hands-off cooking process, you'll have some time to whip up a quick side dish or two while the za’atar chicken bakes.
We recommend pairing your chicken breasts with a fresh Greek salad or roasted veggies. If you want to add some starch to round out your plate, try a healthy Mediterranean grain like farro or bulgur. Both have a nutty flavor and toothsome texture that pairs well with the earthiness of za’atar seasoning.
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Za’atar Baked Chicken Breast Recipe
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
2 Chicken Breasts
Zesty Z Za’atar Seasoning
- Brine chicken breasts in a bath of lukewarm water and a large pinch of salt for 15 minutes
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Rinse and dry chicken breasts.
- Coat liberally with olive oil.
- Coat well with Zesty Z Za’atar seasoning, pressing to adhere the seasoning on all sides of the chicken.
- Place the chicken in a shallow baking dish.
- Bake on the middle rack until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Place the chicken on a cutting board.
- Tent loosely with tin foil and rest for 10 minutes.
- Slice and serve.