Fattouche with za’atar chicken

Fattouche with za’atar chicken

What's for Dinner?
30 mins
Cooking time
20 mins
Gorta Yuuki

Fattouche is a Middle Eastern-style garden salad, tossed with pieces of crisp baked pita bread. The chicken isn’t really traditional, but it makes the salad into more of a complete meal.


Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon za’atar
1 lemon, grated zested and juiced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 skinless chicken breast fillets


Quantity Ingredient
1 red onion, sliced
1 teaspoon sumac
2 white pita breads, cut into 2 cm squares
olive oil, for cooking
1 baby cos lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 lebanese cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced
flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix together the oil, za’atar, lemon zest and juice and season with the salt and pepper. Rub over the chicken breasts.
  3. Heat a heavy-based frying pan over medium–high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 5–6 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Set them aside to cool.
  4. Pour hot tap water onto the onion and allow to stand for 2 minutes. This takes the astringency out of the raw onion. Drain well and leave to cool. When cool, toss the onion slices with the sumac.
  5. Toss the pita squares with 1–2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Scatter on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 5–6 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
  6. To assemble the salad, slice the chicken into thin strips. Place in a large mixing bowl with the onion, toasted pita bread, lettuce, cucumber and parsley.
  7. Whisk the lemon juice with salt and pepper, then whisk in the extra-virgin olive oil. Dress the salad when ready to serve.
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