Za’atar Chicken with Lemon and Yogurt

Za’atar Chicken with Lemon and Yogurt

Za’atar Chicken with Lemon and Yogurt

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)

8 garlic cloves, grated on a Microplane or minced Grated zest and juice of 2 lemons

1 T. za’atar

3 T. minced fresh parsley, plus more for serving

3 T. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

1 ¾ tsp. kosher salt

2/3 C. plain Greek yogurt, preferably whole-milk

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Parsley leaves, for garnish (optional)

Ground sumac, for garnish (optional)

Pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)

Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

In a large bowl, combine the chicken with all but l tsp. of the grated garlic (save that for the yogurt sauce), half of the lemon zest and juice, and the za’atar, parsley, olive oil, and 1V2 tsp. of the salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours. Heat a grill, or arrange a rack in the position closest to the heat source and heat the broiler. Remove the chicken from the bowl, reserving the marinade. If you are grilling, grill the chicken over high heat until it is charred in spots, 4 to 7 minutes. Baste the chicken with some of the reserved marinade, flip the pieces over, and continue cooking until they are just cooked through, another 4 to 7 minutes. If you are broiling, line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread the chicken out on it in a single layer. Broil the chicken, basting it with some of the reserved marinade and turning the pieces over halfway through, until well colored and charred in spots, 4 to 7 minutes per side. Be careful that the chicken doesn’t burn. While the chicken cooks, place the yogurt in a small bowl. Stir in the reserved grated garlic, the remaining lemon zest, the pepper, and the remaining 1/4 tsp. salt. To serve, drizzle olive oil and the remaining lemon juice, to taste, over the chicken. Sprinkle with parsley and ground sumac if using. Pass the yogurt for dipping.   Serve this with the Citrus Salad with Olives if you like.

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