Ultimate Crispy Chicken Dinner with Honey, Za'atar and Lemony Fennel Slaw
Who doesn’t adore super crispy chicken for dinner? Throw in some honey, Za’atar and fennel slaw, and you’ve got a match made in culinary (cartel) heaven!
Roast chicken, it may be time to step down – we’ve got a serious contender here for the ultimate crispy chicken dinner!
This dish is super fast to make, coming together in under 30 minutes. Requiring only 15 minutes of active prep and 10-15 minutes of cooking, this speedy 11 ingredient dish beats calling for Uber Eats any day of the week!
The flavours of this dish are classic and wholesome, yet elevated by the addition of the crisp and bright fennel slaw and Za’atar. The accompaniments make this is a meal that is both cooling and rich.
Tangy, toasty Za’atar
The Za’atar adds depth and an element of surprise to the flavours, making this otherwise classic dish feel very contemporary. At the same time, this spice adds a touch of Middle Eastern flair and pop. The fennel salad is really fresh and zingy, and benefits from the herbaceous flavour of the spice.
You might be thinking, “Za’atar? Never heard of her!” – if you’re not familiar with zaatar, don’t panic! You can usually find it in bigger supermarkets, online and in Middle Eastern grocers. There are also some substitutions you can use in a pinch, which you can find below in the FAQS.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Za’atar and what can I substitute it with?
Za’atar spice is a Middle Eastern blend of savoury dried herbs like oregano, marjoram or thyme, and toasted spices such as cumin and coriander, sesame seeds, salt and sumac. The sumac is what imparts the zingy tanginess that Za’atar is so beloved and known for. If you can’t get your hands on some Za’atar spice, you can use marjoram or dukkah, which will take the dish in a slightly different culinary direction.