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Middle Eastern Zaatar Roast Chicken
Photo by Iain Bagwell; written by Elaine Johnson

Middle Eastern Zaatar Roast Chicken

This seasoning paste creates a nice crusty coating and a surprising amount of flavor on a last-minute bird.

For the Middle Eastern Zaatar paste, use 1/4 cup zaatar*, 21/2 tbsp. each olive oil and lemon juice, 21/2 tsp. minced garlic, and 3/4 tsp. pepper (in addition to pepper called for in recipe). *Find this spice blend based on thyme and sesame seeds in well-stocked markets or at

Recipe: Last-Minute Roast Chicken


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