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Grilled Za'atar Chicken Thighs

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Grilled za'atar chicken thighs are the best thing that will come off your grill this summer. Utterly moist and delicious and so easy to throw together! Chicken thighs marinate in fresh lemon juice, homemade za'atar spice, garlic and parsley marinate for 30 minutes before being grilled to perfection. Serve as is or slice and place on top of a fattoush salad. Delicious!
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword chicken, grilled chicken, grilling, lemon, marinade, summer recipe, Za'atar
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Additional Time 3 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 182
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 2 cloves garlic minced,squeezed through a garlic press or finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons za'atar
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat leaf parsley
  • 2 large lemons juiced
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt see notes
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs


  • In large baking dish, whisk together the garlic, za'atar, parsley, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper.
  • Place chicken thighs in the dish with the marinade and use tongs to toss and coat each piece. Let sit on the counter for 25 minutes to marinate.
  • Next, preheat the grill to medium/medium-high heat. Once hot, place the marinated chicken thighs on to the grill grates and close the lid. Grill for 5 to 6 minutes before flipping and continuing to grill for 3 to 4 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Allow the chicken thighs to rest under tented foil for a few minutes before cutting or serving.


NOTE: Since my recipe for Za'atar calls for sea salt, I go easy and only add 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt. You can always season the chicken after grilling if you feel it needs more.
OVEN INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat your oven to 400°. Toss all the ingredients onto a rimmed, metal baking sheet. Spread in an even layer and roast on the middle rack for 20 to 25 minutes or until fully cooked. Rotate the pan half way to ensure even cooking and browning.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg