Crispy Za'atar Lemon Chicken with Feta Yogurt Drizzle
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 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 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 oven. Roast for another 10 minutes.
Turn off oven. Set to broil 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!