Za'atar Roasted Chicken with Fatteh

Charlie Carrington

Ingredients:

  • 1 free range butterflied chicken
  • 40 ml (1¼ fl oz) grape seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon za’atar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 375 g (13 oz) yoghurt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • ½ bunch parsley, leaves picked
  • ½ bunch dill, fronds picked
  • 50 ml (1¾ fl oz) olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons za’atar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses
  • 40 g (1½ oz) toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 250 g (9 oz) cooked chickpeas (tinned is acceptable)
  • 60 g (2 oz) tahini
  • Pinch of aleppo pepper or paprika for dusting

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F). Rub the chicken with 20 ml (¾ fl oz) of oil, put in a roasting tin and roast for 50 minutes.
  2. Remove from the oven and increase the temperature to 200°C (400°F). Mix the next 20 ml (¾ fl oz) of oil with the za’atar and a pinch of salt and pour over the chicken. Return to the oven and roast for 10 minutes.
  3. To make the fatteh, in a large bowl combine the garlic, yoghurt, cumin, onion, parsley, dill, olive oil, za’atar, salt, pomegranate molasses and walnuts to make a flavoured yoghurt. In a saucepan warm the fatteh very gently; it’s not meant to be to hot, just warm.
  4. Fold the chickpeas through the tahini and set aside.
  5. Place the chicken on the serving platter whole. In a wide shallow bowl, put the chickpea mix on the left and the fatteh on the right and using a fine strainer dust it with some aleppo pepper or paprika and serve.

Tangy, herby za’atar is queen of the spice blends in Lebanon, and every family has its own version. Here, I’ve used it as a rub for chicken, teaming it with fatteh to add a cooling, creamy element to the dish. Fatteh is a classic breakfast dish eaten in the Levantine, and a tasty way to use up stale flatbread by toasting and covering it with spiced yoghurt.

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