Za’atar Chicken With Saffron Rice

This Za’atar Chicken With Saffron Rice recipe takes flavours to the next level. To a desi its surprising to see how much flavour you can pack without too much use of hot spices. #happycookingtoyou #FoodFusion

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Prepare Za’atar Chicken:

-Dried oregano 1 & ½ tbs

-Safed til (Sesame seeds) 1 & ½ tbs

-Dried basil ½ tbs

-Namak (Salt) 1 tsp or to taste

-Zeera powder (Cumin powder) ½ tsp

-Sumac powder ½ tbs

-Lehsan powder (Garlic powder) ½ tsp

-Kali mirch powder (Black pepper powder) ½ tsp

-Chicken mix boti with skin 750g

-Lemon juice 3 tbs

-Cooking oil 1 tbs

-Makhan (Butter) 2-3 tbs

-Pyaz (White onion) sliced 2 medium

-Lehsan (Garlic) 9-10 cloves

-Green olives 12-15

Prepare Saffron Rice:

-Zafran (Saffron strands) 1 tbs

-Lukewarm water 2-3 tbs

-Cooking oil 2 tbs

-Lehsan (Garlic) chopped 3 tbs

-Kishmish (Raisins) 2-3 tbs

-Gajar (Carrots) julienne ½ Cup

-Chawal (Rice) boiled with salt 2 & ½ Cups

-Kali mirch powder (Black pepper powder) ¼ tsp



Prepare Za’atar Chicken:

-In a frying pan,add dried oregano,sesame seeds,dried basil & dry roast on medium flame until fragrant (2 minutes).

-Let it cool completely then crush coarsely.

-Add salt,cumin powder,sumac powder,garlic powder,black pepper powder,mix well & set aside.

-In a bowl,add chicken,lemon juice,prepared za’atar spice mix & mix well,cover & marinate for 2 hours.

-In a frying pan,add cooking oil,butter & let it melt.

-Add white onion,garlic & sauté until translucent.

-Add marinated chicken,green olives,cover & cook on low flame until tender (30-35 minutes),turn sides in between & set aside.

Prepare Saffron Rice:

-In a small bowl,add saffron strands,lukewarm water,mix well & set aside.

-In a wok,add cooking oil,garlic & sauté for a minute.

-Add raisins,carrots,,mix well & cook for 1-2 minutes.

-Add boiled rice & mix well.

-Add black pepper powder,saffron water & mix gently.

-Serve za’atar chicken with prepared saffron rice!


Recipe By: Kanwal Mohsin

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