Israeli Za'atar

Israeli Za'atar

Za'atar is a very popular Middle Eastern spice blend, in restaurants served as a tabletop condiment or as a dip mixed with olive oil. There are plenty of variations, all based on sesame seeds, sumac, and thyme or a similar herb. The combination of nutty, sour, and savory makes the taste so versatile and irresistible. Try it for roasted chicken, vegetables, on pizza, hummus, or as a dip.
Cuisine Israeli
Servings 3


Shopping List

  • 1.5 lb chicken breast or thighs cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 lb couscous Israeli
  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • 2-3 lemons or limes for juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Sesame seeds, coriander, sumac, thyme, cumin, black pepper



  • Rub chicken with salt to taste.
  • In a CONTAINER, mix lemon juice, Za'atar spices, garlic, and oil.
  • Add chicken. Mix well. Cover and let it marinate in the fridge overnight.


  • Preheat OVEN to 400ºF.
  • Grease a large BAKING DISH.
  • Place the chicken in the BAKING DISH.
  • Bake the chicken for about 40 minutes until tender inside and crisp on the outside. Turn the chicken halfway.


  • Serve chicken with couscous and a fresh salad.
  • Enjoy!


▪ Substitute chicken with cauliflower, (sweet) potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, pumpkin, or root vegetables.
▪ Substitute couscous with rice or potatoes.
▪ Sprinkle Za’atar spices on pizza dough, yogurt, cream cheese, or hummus.
▪ Mix Za’atar spices with olive oil as a dipping sauce for bread or vegetables.