The Star Za’atar One-Pan Chicken

Za’atar is a middle eastern spice blend of thyme, sesame, sumac, cumin, black pepper and salt. Mixed with chicken, potatoes, arugula and lemon in this one-pan dish and you have a tasty dinner ready family and friends! Love it!

~ Angie

Star Za’atar One-Pan Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle East
Servings 4 servings


  • 4 teaspoons za’atar
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 pounds bone-in skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 1 pound Yukon potatoes cut in quarters
  • 1 lemon cut in half
  • 1 bunch arugula approx. 2 cups


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, mix za’atar with 2 tablespoons oil and 2 teaspoons salt.
  • Rub za’atar mixture all over chicken.
  • Toss potatoes in silver mixing bowl with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to roasting dish and roast in oven, stirring once, until they start to brown, about 20 minutes. And add chicken pieces and lemon halves. Roast until a thermometer inserted into thickest parts of chicken (not touching bones) registers about 150 degrees, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Switch oven to broiler setting. Move roasting pan to upper third of oven; broil until chicken is browned, 2 to 3 minutes. In another mixing bowl, drizzle arugula lightly with oil; season with salt and pepper, and scatter over chicken and broil until just wilted and thermometer inserted into thickest parts of chicken registers 165 degrees, 1 to 2 minutes more. Let cool slightly, then squeeze lemon halves over chicken.
  • Toss everything together and serve. Enjoy!
Keyword Chicken, Middle Eastern, Spices, Za’atar