Tuesday, March 26, 2013


This is a Middle Eastern dish and traditionally they use whole chicken with the skin. Sumac is a kind of sour berry which is used in a lot in cooking which gives the food a tangy, lemony flavour and pink colour. In case you don't find the sumac powder in the place where you live, you can try out this recipe using ground anardana / pomegranate.

Chicken ... whole or leg thigh pieces (I have used 4 thigh pieces)
Onions ... 2 medium
Olive oil ... 6 tbsps
Sumac ....... 1 tbsp
Black pepper.. 1/4 tsp
Paprika ..... 1/2 tsp
Garlic ....... 1 tbsp
Zaatar ....... 1 tbsp ( this is tangy condiment used in most of the Middle Eastern recipes. It has Sumac (anardana powder / pomegranate) dried mint, crushed sesame seeds and other spices )
You may use garam masala if you don't get Zaatar
Vinegar ........ 1 tbsp
Salt ......... to taste (zaatar has a little salt in it too.if you are using that add accordingly)

Garnishing : Onion rings sauteed with sumac and salt.

Slice the onions and separate the rings. Take a little olive oil in a pan and place the rings. Sprinkle a little sumac powder and salt. Stir fry for half a minute and switch off the gas. Cover it with a lid until you are ready to use. It cooks in the steam.

1. Clean the chicken and make slits with a knife for better marination.

2. Mix the spice powders, mentioned above with 2 tbsps of olive oil and vinegar.

3. Marinate the chicken with this paste and set it aside for few hours.

4. Line a baking tray with foil paper and pour some olive oil. Place the chicken pieces and drizzle a little olive oil on top.
5. Roast the chicken in the oven until done.(250 degrees first 15 minutes, then reduce to 200)
It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of the oven and the chicken. (whole chicken takes a little longer)

Serve this on the bed of onion rings sauteed with sumac..

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  1. The roasted chicken is too nice and superb. Chicken are always mouth watering meat it's an different felling. Thanks for an such an delicious recipe. Then here while searching. For further assistance. ClickFood

  2. Chicken looks very flavourful, your kitchen must be full of nice aroma....

  3. Like this dish


  4. looks very flavourful and yummy dear...

  5. Could you share the recipe for sumac powder.. Thanks sonali

    1. It is readily available in the stores. It is the powder of a tangy berry mostly used in Middle Eastern Cuisine


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