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Sheet Pan Za’atar Chicken and Orange Couscous

Sheet Pan Za'atar Chicken

This easy peasy sheet pan is packed with flavor and seriously takes less than 30 minutes to make!

It is so important to me that my children grow up learning to love lots of different flavors and ingredients, and I am always looking for ways to push their little food envelopes.  I find it works best to do this by introducing a new ingredient alongside old favorites that I know they already love. Like in this particular dish – chicken is safe (and it can always be dunked in ketchup if needed), and all the other individual ingredients are things we frequently have at dinner. Only the particular spice itself – Za’atar – that was new.

Za’atar is such a fun spice, and you may not have it in your spice cabinet. But you totally should! An ancient Middle Eastern spice blend of spices, za’atar typically includes oregano, thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and cumin. It’s tangy and herby, a little nutty and pretty amazing. You can find it in natural grocery stores or at spice speciality stores like Penzey’s or Allspice. Or you could  make your own.

30 minute Za'atar Chicken with orange Couscous

You will totally love how easy this is to make – whip up the sauce, throw all the things onto the pan, toss and bake! Then add in an easy whole wheat couscous (literally, it takes 10 minutes!) that is lightly scented with orange. In no time at all you have yourself a unique and flavorful meal that is healthy, and totally family approved. What more could you possibly want?

If you family isn’t accustomed to za’atar, I would suggest starting with 1 TBSP of the spice mix first, and then gradually increasing it to 1.5 or even 2 TBSP as you see fit. When we tried it my kids loved it with 1 TBSP (which gives it a really mild flavor), but my husband and I enjoyed it more with 2 TBSP – it makes it a little stronger and more flavorful.

Baked Za'atar Chicken

 

 

Other things you can do with Za’atar Spice:

  • sprinkle it over your eggs
  • add it to roasted winter squash or other vegetables
  • sprinkle it over fresh made popcorn
  • spread melted butter on warm flatbread and sprinkle some za’atar on top
  • stir it into hummus
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Sheet Pan Za’atar Chicken and Orange Couscous

Sheet Pan Za'atar Chicken

This easy peasy sheet pan is packed with flavor and seriously takes less than 30 minutes to make!

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Sheet Pan
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: European

Ingredients

1 large naval orange

2 TBS extra virgin olive oil

2 TBSP dry white wine

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 lb trimmed green beans (fresh or frozen)

1 medium red onion, halved and sliced

1/2 cup Kalamata Olives

1 pound thin sliced chicken breast

1-2 TBSP Za’atar spice blend (see notes)

1 cup low sodium chicken broth

2/3 cup whole wheat couscous

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 450F.

Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, wine, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Grate 2 tsp of zest from the orange and set aside.

Take the orange and slice off 1/2″ from two ends – set the rest aside.

From the ends that you sliced off, squeeze the juice into a medium saucepan and set aside.

With the rest of the orange, slice it into 1/4″ slices.

Place the green beans, sliced red onion, olives, and sliced oranges on the baking sheet and toss with the marinade.

Toss the chicken breasts with the za’atar and place on top of the green bean mixture, trying to get everything in a single layer if you can.

Roast on the bottom rack for about 15 minutes, until the green beans are tender and the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.

Meanwhile, add the broth to the medium saucepan with the orange juice along with 1/4 tsp pepper.

Bring to a boil.

Stir in the couscous, remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.

Fluff with a fork and serve with chicken and vegetables.

Enjoy!

Notes

** If you family isn’t accustomed to za’atar, I would suggest starting with 1 TBSP of the spice mix first, and then gradually increasing it to 1.5 or even 2 TBSP as you see fit. When we tried it my kids loved it with 1 TBSP (which gives it a really mild flavor), but my husband and I enjoyed it more with 2 TBSP – it makes it a little stronger and more flavorful. Slightly adapted from Eating Well Magazine.

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Za'atar Chicken Sheet Pan is an easy and flavorful recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes! Served with an orange flavored whole wheat couscous, its a healthy meal the family will love!

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Igor @ Cooking The Globe
    February 24, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Such an easy yet such an interesting dinner option. I love Za’atar so it’s right up my alley!

  • Reply
    Brandi Crawford
    February 24, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    This looks healthy and delicious! I have been on a sheet pan kick lately. Makes meal prep easy!

    • Reply
      Jenni
      February 26, 2017 at 2:57 AM

      Yes! And clean up is easy, too!

  • Reply
    Maria close to home
    February 24, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    I am always looking for new recipes with chicken. These are unique flavors

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    lisa | Garlic & Zest
    February 24, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    I just had a meeting with a bunch of Mommy bloggers this week and they were talking about how picky their kids were about food. I think by introducing new things and not making a big deal about it — just “it’s dinner time”, kids will eat whatever you give them — but if you try and force it or make it something “new” (and therefore frightening) they resist. Good for you for introducing new flavors.

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      Jenni
      February 26, 2017 at 2:57 AM

      YES! This is so true! Sometimes we make such a big deal about “trying new foods” that it can seem scary. Meal times should not be battlegrounds – but we shouldn’t resign ourself to mac and cheese and chicken nuggets every night, either!

  • Reply
    Tina Dawson
    February 24, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    I love the idea of introducing new things with old favourites! I’ve heard about the za’atar, now I can’t wait to try it!

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    Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    February 28, 2017 at 5:26 AM

    I love Middle Eastern flavors & spices but I don’t think I have tried Za’atar before. Will have to check out Amazon or Penzy’s. Thank you for such a delicious recipe! I will definitely add it to our weekly meal rotation.

  • Reply
    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    March 1, 2017 at 12:18 AM

    That spice blend sounds amazing!

  • Reply
    Jessy @ The Life Jolie
    March 3, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I never cook with this spice! I’ve eaten it and loved it but never attempted it in my own kitchen. This would be a great weeknight dinner- I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Reply
    Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    March 3, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    I bought za’atar awhile back and totally forgot about it! This sounds delicious- I need to get my spice jar out!

  • Reply
    Angela
    March 3, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    YUM! looks delicious friend!

  • Reply
    Michele
    March 6, 2017 at 4:27 AM

    I use za’atar often with goat cheese for appetizers…. Ive never thought of using it on chicken! Ill be trying it out soon!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    March 6, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    I am such a fan of za’atar! I’ve been sprinkling it onto homemade cracker wedges lately to dip into hummus. Such beautiful flavors and so aromatic! Love that you’ve paired it with kalamata olives and couscous for this chicken dinner. What a great way to bring new life to a weeknight meal!

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    Leah
    March 6, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    This sounds like such a delicious dinner! I love the combo of flavors here, and I love meals on one pan in the oven! That orange couscous sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to make it! Yum!

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    Donna
    March 6, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    I agree, it is so important to get little one’s palates developed early! We have been feeding our kids EVERYTHING from the get-go and as a result they will try just about anything (my 2yo loves oysters!!!). This dish sounds amazing, and I absolutely love the orange addition to the cous-cous! Plus it’s a 30 minute dish – how could anyone say no??

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    J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    March 6, 2017 at 9:03 PM

    I’ve never had or cooked with Za’atar but I really need to try it out. Anything with oregano, thyme, and cumin will grab my attention. Just a great combo. Then you add in the cous-cous with the orange in it…. I can only imagine how delicious and fresh this meal must taste! YUM!

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