I live by simple rules in life, one of them is that weeknight meals should be hassle free and delicious. I love cooking, but I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen especially on weeknights. If I am home alone then I usually don’t even bother cooking, I simply just eat leftovers. But when my husband is home I stick to making simple, nutritious and flavor packed meals. One of my husband’s favorite meats to eat is chicken (especially chicken thighs), he could eat chicken every single day and not get bored. For this reason I am always coming up with new ways to cook it, so I don’t get bored.
There are so many different spices in the world and I love exploring all of them. My first encounter with za’atar was when I went to the Middle Eastern market with my dad and came across this za’atar spiced hummus. I still to this day remember literally devouring that hummus because I couldn’t get enough of this herbalicious and slightly tangy spice blend. Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend, it usually consist of wild thyme, sumac, salt and sesame seeds. The blends vary from country to country, my personal favorite is Lebanese za’atar, but you can use whichever. You can add za’atar to pretty much anything, it adds a lot of flavor. It is definitely a staple spice for me along with sumac.
My za’atar marinated chicken skewers are extremely juicy and tender. I marinate the chicken overnight with some yogurt, za’atar, and a few other spices. The lactic acid in the yogurt helps to tenderize the chicken and keeps the chicken moist. I prefer using chicken thighs because they have a bit of fat on them making them much more flavorful than chicken breast. I like marinating meats overnight because it gives them time to soak up the flavor, but when I am stressed on time I usually will leave it for 1-2 hours.
The chicken skewers on their own are very yummy, but the spicy tahini sauce make this dish more-ish. Tahini is ground up toasted sesame seeds. Like za’atar it is a staple in middle-eastern and Mediterranean cooking. Most people use tahini just for making hummus, but it can be used in so many other ways. The spicy tahini sauce is a great accompaniment to za’atar chicken skewers and if you like you could also eat it as a dip.
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