Za'atar Roasted Chicken Breast Recipe. Flavor-packed, succulent Mediterranean roast chicken with a lemon-garlic marinade, and allspice, sumac and za'atar. Step-by-step pictures included!

Za’atar Roasted Chicken Breast Recipe

  • Author: The Mediterranean Dish
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: serves 4 to 6 1x


Best roasted chicken breast recipe you will find! Marinated in lemon and olive oil; flavored with Mediterranean spices like allspice, sumac, paprika and topped with Za’atar. Roasted to fall-off-the-bone perfect.



  • 4 chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp Za’atar spice, divided
  • 2 tbsp toasted shaved almonds
  • 1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

For the Marinade

  • 2 lemons, juice of
  • 2/3 cup Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Sumac, more for later
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika, more for later
  • 7 large garlic cloves, lightly crushed
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced or roughly chopped
  • 1/2 large lemon, sliced


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the marinade ingredients.
  2. Place the chicken in a deep dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with the marinade. To ensure good flavor, work some of the marinade underneath the skin of the chicken breasts. Cover and place the chicken in the fridge for at least four hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Transfer the chicken breasts and the marinade to a baking dish or a cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with a little more sumac and paprika. Now sprinkle 1 tbsp of the za’atar, and take another tbsp of za’atar to work underneath the skin of chicken breasts. You should have 1 tbsp za’atar left for later.
  5. Place the chicken in the 400 degrees F heated-oven; roast for 40-45 mins.
  6. Remove from heat, and sprinkle with a little more sumac and the remaining za’atar. Garnish with the toasted nuts and fresh parsley. Enjoy!


  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Baked chicken, Za'atar chicken, roasted chicken breast, roasted Za'atar chicken