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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!

Ultimate Crispy Chicken Dinner with Honey, Za'atar and Lemony Fennel Slaw recipe

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

View the cook-along video here, and if you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Happy cooking!

Ultimate Crispy Chicken Dinner with Honey, Za'atar and Lemony Fennel Slaw

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.

 

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Ultimate Crispy Chicken Dinner with Honey, Za'atar and Lemony Fennel Slaw

Ultimate Crispy Chicken Dinner


  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings

Description

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! View the cook-along video here,


Ingredients

Units
  • 2 free-range skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs
  • 2g mint
  • lemon juice from 1 small lemon

To Serve 

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp zaatar

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken on a chopping board. Using a knife split the chicken most of the way through to butterfly it. See your helpful video here.
  2. Sprinkle the garlic powder, paprika and salt all over the chicken.
  3. Add flour to a shallow dish and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Add the egg to a shallow dish and whisk up with a splash of water.
  5. Add the panko to another shallow dish.
  6. Dip the butterflied chicken into the flour and coat thoroughly. Next add the chicken into the beaten egg, turning to coat it well in egg. Finally add the chicken to the panko breadcrumbs, pressing the crumbs into the chicken to secure the coating.
  7. Place a pan on medium heat and drizzle in enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan in a 1mm layer. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken.
  8. Shallow fry for 3 mins per side until golden and crispy. Remove and let rest on a wire rack.
  9. Slice the fennel bulb as thinly as possible (alternatively use a mandolin). Toss the fennel, lemon juice and a finely chopped mint together. Season the fennel salad with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Plate up the chicken with the fennel salad alongside. To finish lightly drizzle the chicken in honey, and sprinkle over the zaatar.
  11. Serve immediately
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Middle-Eastern-inspired

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 497.75kcal
  • Sugar: 9.3g
  • Sodium: 223.53mg
  • Fat: 8.13g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.03g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3.94g
  • Trans Fat: 0.02g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.82g
  • Fiber: 6.25g
  • Protein: 54.36g
  • Cholesterol: 227.18mg

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