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Za'atar Chicken Thighs with Green Lentils
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
This Za'atar Chicken Thighs with Green Lentils is an easy, hearty dish with intense flavor.
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Comfort Food
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 560 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 3 Tbsp. za'atar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth, reduced-sodium
  • 1 cup French green lentils
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 cup pitted green olives, whole or halved
  • lemon zest
  • fresh thyme sprigs
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Season chicken thighs with za'atar. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the thighs and cook 4 minutes each side until browned. Remove to a plate.

  2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion and carrots. Cook 5 minutes until lightly browned. Stir in the garlic and continue to cook for one minute. Add broth, lentils and the tomato paste. Stir. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pot. Bring to a simmer. Cover and braise in oven for 45-55 minutes or until chicken is tender and cooked through.

  3. Transfer the chicken to a platter and keep warm. Strain remaining mixture reserving the liquid. Add the lentils and veggies to the platter with the chicken. Return the liquid to the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Pour the liquid over the chicken and veggies on the platter. Top with the olives, lemon zest and thyme sprigs.  Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Za'atar Chicken Thighs with Green Lentils
Amount Per Serving
Calories 560 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 1031mg45%
Potassium 972mg28%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 5915IU118%
Vitamin C 20.9mg25%
Calcium 211mg21%
Iron 13.1mg73%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.