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Easy Sheet Pan Za’atar Chicken and Orange Couscous

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This easy sheet pan recipe features flavorful za’atar (affiliate link) chicken and an orange flavored couscous and can be made in less than 30 minutes. It is a healthy, and easy family friendly meal that is perfect for any night of the week!

 

Sheet Pan Za'atar Chicken

 

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 (affiliate link) – that was new.

 

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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 (affiliate link) typically includes oregano, thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and cumin. It’s tangy and herby, a little nutty and pretty amazing. I love the one from Raw Spice Bar – . 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 (affiliate link) on top
  • stir it into hummus
Yield: 4 servings

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!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

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

  1. Preheat your oven to 450F.
  2. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, wine, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Grate 2 tsp of zest from the orange and set aside.
  5. Take the orange and slice off 1/2″ from two ends – set the rest aside.
  6. From the ends that you sliced off, squeeze the juice into a medium saucepan and set aside.
  7. With the rest of the orange, slice it into 1/4″ slices.
  8. Place the green beans, sliced red onion, olives, and sliced oranges on the baking sheet and toss with the marinade.
  9. Toss the chicken breasts with the za’atar (affiliate link) and place on top of the green bean mixture, trying to get everything in a single layer if you can.
  10. 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.
  11. Meanwhile, add the broth to the medium saucepan with the orange juice along with 1/4 tsp pepper.
  12. Bring to a boil.
  13. Stir in the couscous, remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  14. Fluff with a fork and serve with chicken and vegetables.
  15. 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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

8 oz

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 357mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 42g

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J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all

Monday 6th of March 2017

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!

Donna

Monday 6th of March 2017

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??

Leah

Monday 6th of March 2017

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!

Amanda

Monday 6th of March 2017

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!

Michele

Monday 6th of March 2017

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

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