Za’atar Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower

We are waiting for spring on the east coast so patiently but it keeps testing our patience. The first day of spring has come and gone bringing beautiful snow with it…..cold days, blossoms annoyed to be out in this cold and leaves struggling to show their faces.. I am trying to brighten up the “almost spring” spirit with some amazing fresh ingredients and flavorful spices like Za’atar.


Za’atar is a blend of herbs and seeds often used in the Middle Eastern cooking. I bought my Za’atar mix from a local middle eastern store but you can always make it at home and use your variations of this herb and spice blend. Typically, za’atar is a blend of dried thyme, oregano, marjoram, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, and salt. Mine also included roasted flour.IMG_8849-1

The lemon zest is a key ingredient enhancing the flavors so beautifully so don’t skip that.

The chicken comes out tender and juicy, and you can prep this recipe a day or 2 ahead on time, keeping it in the fridge until you are ready to roast


IMG_8845-1The cauliflower steak is also as simple as it can be, sliced, sprinkled with the spice blend and roasted until brown. It is a delicious, healthy and gluten-free side for any occasion.


I do tend to make and store a lot of fermented foods so served it with a side of grated Daikon radish pickle.  You can find some of my pickle recipes on my blog


Za’atar Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A spice and lemon roasted chicken, tender and juicy accompanied by roasted cauliflower .



  • I whole chicken skin on cut up in pieces
  • 2 tablespoon Za’atar spice blend
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon crushed fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Pink Himalayan salt – to taste
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil


  • 1 head of organic cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon Za’atar
  • 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
  • Pink salt to taste


  • Make some knife incisions or cuts in the chicken pieces for the marinade to get in. Pat dry.
  • Mix all the ingredient together for the chicken and rub it in the chicken pieces thoroughly.
  • Store overnight or longer
  • Roast at 400 degrees for 45 -55 minutes until golden brown
  • Slice the cauliflower like large steak pieces
  • Sprinkle with the Zataar spice and some grapeseed oil on both sides.
  • Roast at 400 degrees for 30 mins or until browned  slightly
  • Serve beautifully

You can serve this with a salad or pickles. I have here some Diakon Pickle with fresh radishes and an arugula walnut pesto ( will post the recipe soon).

This is a fun week for another reason. There is a fab party at Angie’s Fiesta Friday and I am co-hosting with Petra. Petra’s blog has one of the most creative recipes with fresh ingredients that I have seen and so do check it out!

25 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks so very delicious! Love Za’atar. 🙂


    1. Thank you…Za’atar make everything taste so good 🙂

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  2. This is my kind of dish! Love everything about it 😉


  3. Jhuls says:

    I love zaatar and I love the sound of this one! Thanks for co-hosting, Zeba. Happy Fiesta Friday!😘


    1. Thanks, Jhuls… The marinade with Za’atar is so versatile and keeps for a while too.

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  4. Loretta says:

    Gorgeous flavors Zeba. Lovely pairing too. Middle Eastern flavors are one of my favs too.


  5. Monika says:

    This sounds really delicious Zeba with all the lovely spices you’ve used, and now I am also reminded that I have pink Himalayan salt and usually forget to use it! Taking it out of the cupboard right now:)


    1. Thanks, Monika…these spices are so amazing to cook with. The pink salt is the only one I use now 🙂 Have a great rest of the weekend!

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  6. It sounds so good, Zeba! Definitely will try this! I’m going to try to make my own zaatar since I have sumac growing in my backyard. Thanks for cohosting! Btw, are you not active on Pinterest? Just sent you the invite to join Fiesta Friday Link Party Board.


    1. Wow Sumac growing in your backyard is impressive! Do post the recipe when you make your own Zaatar. I am not very active on Pinterest but saw your invite and will try to use it now.

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      1. It’s actually pretty invasive, and I was ready to kill it, but our friend Hilda @ Along The Grapevine persuaded to keep it. I’m glad I did, just need to keep an eye on it. Looking forward to seeing your pins on the board!


  7. petra08 says:

    Hi Zeba
    What a delicious sounding recipe and a great combinatyion of chicken and cauliflower!
    I will try and make my own Zaatar, I love to make spice mixes and you inspired me! 🙂
    I know am late to the party, last week came with some hick ups but am here at last! x

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    1. I am looking forward to your Zaatar recipe Petra. Looks like Angie is going to make hers too so We will have you both give us great spice mixes soon! 😁

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      1. petra08 says:

        hi Zeba
        What a great challenge! Will do a blog post to share it, well, if it turns out nice ha ha x

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  8. nancyc says:

    This looks like such a delicious meal!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Yes please! This is a lovely meal.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Antonia says:

    Wonderful meal! It looks delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

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