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Simple and flavorful Za'atar Roasted Chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner.

Za'atar Roasted Chicken

Upgrade basic roasted chicken thighs with za'atar spice. Za'atar Roasted Chicken is an easy, flavorful weeknight dinner, full of bright and herby Middle Eastern flavors.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tbsp za'atar
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 3 lemons, 1 juiced and 2 cut in halves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs any chicken part will work, but cooking time may need to be adjusted


  1. Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat to 450o F.

  2. While oven is preheating, mix the za'atar, chili flakes, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil in a small bowl to form a paste.

  3. Place the chicken thighs on a baking sheet, and slather each piece of chicken in the za'atar paste. You will want to make sure that you cover both sides, and get under the skin if you are comfortable. The spice mixture on top of the skin will get crispy in the oven, and the spice mixture under the skin will flavor the meat.

  4. Place the remaining lemon halves on the baking sheet and bake the chicken for 25-40 minutes, or until the juices run clear and a thermometer registers 170F.

  5. Remove from the oven, and squeeze the hot lemony juice over top to serve. 

Recipe Notes

Za'atar is often available at well-stocked grocery stores. For convenience, I buy za'atar online here.