Z’atar Fried Chicken

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Z’atar Fried Chicken

This recipe is a blend of my southern roots and my Jewish culture. I have to say I like to keep a very fit-ish lifestyle and eat the same way. This recipe isn’t the healthiest but what is life without a little decadence. Don’t let Z’atar scare you, it is just a spice from the Middle East. That being said you can find it at any Indian mart or specialty foods store and there is always amazon or you can make it by following the recipe below.

Z’atar Spice

2 tablespoons sumac

2 tablespoons marjoram

2 tablespoons thyme

1 tablespoons white or black sesame seeds (toasted)

1 teaspoon salt

For the chicken you may want to prepare it the night before or let it bribe for at least an hour.


1 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 cups flour

2 tablespoons Z’atar spice

Mix the buttermilk, salt, pepper, and the egg in a plastic bag. Butterfly the chicken breast into thin pieces and place in the bag give it a shake and place in fridge for minimum of one hour.

Heat olive oil to 350 degrees. Mix the flour and Z’atar spice together. Shake the excess brine off and dredge into the flour. Shake off the excess flour and dip back into the brine. Dredge back into the flour and place gently into your frying oil. Cook until golden brown about 10 minutes or 5 minutes on each side. Depending on thickness of your chicken breast it may take a couple of minutes more or less.

Remove from the fryer and place on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil. Sprinkle more of the Z’atar spice when it is directly out of the fryer.

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