My love for all types of Middle Eastern food is evident. After spending some time living in the Middle East, Dubai, in particular, the flavours and cuisine have become a family favourite. The food is mildly spiced but the dishes burst with full flavour and an exquisite aroma.
This chicken is so delicious with the addition of Za’ataar. This spice mix is a combination of herbs and spices, and is a compulsory spice cupboard item. The aromas of herbs like oregano and thyme are intoxicating as well as the flavour of sumac and sesame seeds.
This delicious paste can be added to chicken breast strips and then cooked and used in a lettuce wrap, sandwich or eaten with Arabic bread.
The marinade can also be used on whole pieces of chicken and then cooked over an open fire or in the oven and served with potato chips, couscous and lemon wedges.
For more of my Middle Eastern flavours, check out the recipes for my homemade pistachio dukkah and Shish taouk, which I prepared for my Family Iftar article for Yuppiechef online magazine.