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Crispy Za'atar Lemon Chicken with Feta Yogurt Drizzle

Shivangi Rao
By Shivangi Rao
Course Entrees, Meat Dishes



  • 1 lb chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp za’atar seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne or paprika use cayenne if you want it to be spicier
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic optional
  • 1/4 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Parsley for garnish

Ingredients for Feta Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup full fat European style yogurt I use Straus European style yogurt because it’s a thinner consistency which makes for a great drizzle
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


  • Drizzle olive oil on a cast-iron skillet or lined baking sheet (note: crispy chicken will result best from using a cast-iron skillet)
  • Lay chicken thighs on the skillet
  • In a bowl, whisk together za’atar, cayenne, salt, black pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice (this will be your marinade).
  • Coat chicken thighs with this marinade.
  • Lay thin slices of lemon flat on the skillet between the pieces of chicken.
  • Lay 2-3 cloves of garlic on the skillet as well.
  • Place in oven and roast at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  • Remove after 20 minutes and drizzle juice in a skillet on top of chicken once more (almost like basting).
  • Meanwhile, create the feta yogurt sauce by combining ingredients listed above in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Place skillet back in the oven. Roast for another 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven. Set to boil on high. Broil for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with freshly chopped parsley (optional) and drizzle the feta yogurt sauce over the chicken. Serve immediately!
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