A classic baked meat and potatoes is always my go-to when I don't know what to cook, because everyone loves it, and it's easy. This baked honey za'atar chicken is so delicious and at the top of my list when I want an easy weeknight dinner. The herby za'atar mixed with garlic and honey creates a perfectly balanced marinade.
What is Za'atar?
If you know me, you know that I love me some Za'atar. Its a middle eastern herb and spice mix that is totally trending these days, and it deserves the fame. It tastes bright with a lot of earthy notes. Za'atar is typically made up of dried thyme, oregano, sumac, and toasted sesame seeds, although the mix can vary from region to region. Take it from me; you basically need it in your life and you need to sprinkle it on everything.
How to make baked honey za'atar chicken
The low down for this recipe is pretty simple:
- Mix the marinade ingredients together
- Slather it all over your chicken and marinate for a few hours or overnight (the longer the better!)
- Cut up your potatoes and slather more marinade on those
- Pop everything into an oven dish and bake covered. Then uncover to get the chicken nice and golden at the end.
How to serve this dish
This is a "dry" za'atar chicken which means it won't yield any sauce or gravy. That's why I love to have it with a side salad to make a complete meal. I do also serve it with white basmati rice sometimes (although guiltily because like, carbs on carbs?!) and it tastes delicious that way too. Any leftovers of the chicken I make into sandwiches the next day - win win!
If you end up trying this za'atar chicken recipe, be sure to leave me some feedback! I love hearing what you have to say.
For more chicken recipes, check out:
- Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma
- Shish Tawook | Grilled Chicken Skewers
- One Pot Chicken and Rice
- Musakhan Rolls
baked Honey Za'atar Chicken
For the chicken:
- 4 Chicken drumsticks or thighs
- 2 large potatoes
- 5 crushed garlic cloves
- 4 tbsp za'atar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1.5 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Parsley for garnish
- Start by preheating your oven to 400F
- Wash and dry the chicken
- Peel the potatoes and chop into large cubes
- Mix the marinade ingredients together and rub ⅔ of the marinade evenly over the chicken. If possible, marinated for a few hours in the fridge or overnight
- Using the remaining ⅓ of marinade, rub it over the chopped potatoes
- Add the potatoes to the bottom of the baking dish, then nestle in the chicken on top
- Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and broil for 5-10 minutes or until golden. Ensure your chicken is cooked through before serving (do this by cutting to ensure it is white inside or using a meat thermometer that should read 165F)
- Garnish with parsley and serve with a side salad