Za’atar Spiced Chicken

There are so many ways to use my While My Za’atar Gently Weeps spice blend and on chicken leg quarters is one of my favorite. This recipe is an adaptation from Bon Appetit. It’s so flavorful and relatively simple. I like to add pomegranate seeds at the end to give it a pop of color (see photo below.) But I make small adjustments every time I make it. Below is the basic general recipe. Enjoy!


Makes 4 servings

  •  4

    chicken legs (thigh and drumstick; about 2½ lb. total)

  •  cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3

    tbsp Healthy On You® While My Za’atar Gently Weeps spice blend

  • 2

    medium red onions, cut into 1"-thick wedges

  • 2

    heads of garlic, halved crosswise

  • 1

    tsp finely grated lemon zest

  • 1

    lemon, quartered, seeds removed (zest lemon and then quarter)

  • 1

    tsp finely grated lime zest

  • 1

    cup pomegranate seed

  • Kosher salt


  1.  Preheat oven to 325°F.

  2. Pat chicken legs dry with paper towels. Arrange chicken, onions, halved garlic heads, and lemon in a 13x9" baking dish; season liberally with salt (remember to season both sides of chicken.)

  3. Pour in oil and toss everything to coat. Turn garlic cut side down and nestle it in so it is in contact with the baking dish.

  4. Roast, rotating pan halfway through, until meat is almost falling off the bone, 50–60 minutes.

  5. Remove baking dish from oven and transfer onions, garlic, and lemon to a plate.

  6. Increase oven temperature to 425° and continue to roast chicken until skin is golden brown, 10–15 minutes more.

  7. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Set aside pan with juices.

  8. In another small bowl, add While My Za’atar Gently Weeps spice blend, lemon zest, and lime zest. Pour reserved juices in pan into za’atar mixture until you’ve reached an oily consistency (about a ⅓ cup). Mix in a pinch of salt.

  9. Scatter onions, garlic, and lemon around the chicken; drizzle with za’atar oil and top with pomegranate seeds if using.

Samantha Binkley