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Za’atar Ras-el-hanout Chicken Spinach Dinner

Middle Eastern herb mix, Za’atar, mingles with Middle Eastern spice mix, Ras El Hanout, in this 7-ingredient, keto, taste-bud tantalizing, and, super easy Za’atar Ras El Hanout Chicken Spinach dinner.

How To Make Easy Za'atar Ras el hanout Chicken Spinach Dinner today.

My daughter says that she feels like she is on an episode of Guy’s Grocery Games, when she goes shopping with me. I usually have a list and race down only those aisles I need to, then it’s through self-checkout and I’m homeward bound!

However, the other day I had some time to kill, and, found myself wandering down the spice aisle at Walmart. This isn’t a sponsored post, but, in my opinion, Walmart is seriously upping their game when it comes to spices. Their spices might not be as budget-friendly as The Dekalb Farmers Market’s, but the variety is epic! While wandering that spice aisle, I came across bottles of Za’atar & Ras El Hanout.

The 6 Ingredients to make Za'atar Ras el hanout Chicken Spinach Dinner.

Growing up in the middle east, I was fortunate to have tried a variety of dishes at restaurants flavored with Za’atar or Ras El Hanout.

Since attaining adulthood, I’ve always been curious about experimenting with Za’atar & Ras El Hanout, so, this was my chance!

What is Za’atar?

By the way, Za’atar is a highly aromatic spice mix, usually consisting of sumac, sesame seed and herbs. It is popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Za’atar spiked olive oil is delicious on bread as is za’atar spiked cream cheese.

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What is Ras El Hanout?

Ras-el-hanout is also highly aromatic and is usually a blend of sweet and savory spices such as cardamom, coriander, fenugreek, cumin, cloves, turmeric and nutmeg, to name a few. Ras El Hanout is quite popular in North African cuisine and delicious as a rub or in stews and soups.

Easy Za'atar Ras-el-hanout Chicken Spinach Dinner

I brought home bottles of both and got to experimenting. One night, I baked up some chicken drumsticks – I rubbed a couple of them with Za’atar & another couple with Ras-el-hanout. My daughter ended up LOVING the drumsticks flavored with Za’atar & I loved those with Ras El Hanout.

Well, last night I figured I’d try combining aromatic and inviting Za’atar & Ras El Hanout together in a rub for some chicken things. Now, this isn’t a recipe that requires exact measurements. If you want to add less or more Za’atar or Ras El Hanout or chose to not use your teaspoon or tablespoon to measure these quantities out, go for it!

Super Simple Za'atar Ras el hanout Chicken Spinach Saute

Getting back to this Za’atar Ras El Hanout Chicken Spinach dinner… Y’all! Those thighs! While they were sautéing, and the aroma filled our kitchen, my mouth began to water. When we took our first bite of this Za’atar Ras El Hanout Chicken Spinach dinner… aaaahhh…. this were so deliriously delicious!
We enjoyed this Za’atar Ras El Hanout Chicken Spinach with some roasted broccoli and some Sri Lankan thosai my mom sent home. But, this pairs well with rice or roti, even.

Have you tried Za’atar &/or Ras El Hanout?
If so, what is your favorite recipe with Za’atar &/or Ras El Hanout?
And, if you haven’t… please grab some bottles of Za’atar and Ras El Hanout and give this Za’atar Ras El Hanout Chicken Spinach dinner a try!

Tasty Za'atar Ras-el-hanout Chicken Spinach Dinner

Za’atar Ras El Hanout Chicken Spinach dinner

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shashi
Middle Eastern herb mix, Za’atar, mingles with Middle Eastern spice mix, Ras El Hanout, in this 7-ingredient, keto, taste-bud tantalizing, and, super easy Za’atar Ras El Hanout Chicken Spinach dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tsp Za’atar
  • 1 tsp Ras El Hanout
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 cup loosely packed spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Mix together the Za’atar, Ras El Hanout, and smoked paprika.
  • Wash and dry the chicken thighs. Trim any extra fat (if you choose to) and cut each thigh in half so it cooks thoroughly. Then, rub chicken thighs with Za’atar, Ras El Hanout, and smoked paprika mix. (*See Notes for an easy way to do this).
  • Peel and chop onion.
  • Add oil to a pan over medium heat and add chopped onion to it. Saute onion for about 10 minutes, stirring often, so it doesn’t burn.
  • Then, add in the rubbed chicken thighs and saute 5-7 minutes on one side, until golden.
  • Squeeze in the lime juice then flip the chicken and saute another 5-7 minutes.
  • Add in the spinach and cook a couple more minutes or until spinach is wilted.
  • Serve warm with rice, naan or roti.

Notes

*If you don’t want to get down and dirty and rub the spice mix into the chicken thighs with your hands – you can easily mix the chicken thighs with Za’atar, Ras El Hanout, and smoked paprika by placing all the ingredients in a plastic gallon size bag. Shake well and make sure to distribute the spices around the chicken – makes for mess-free chicken rubbing!

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken thigh | Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 436mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g
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Middle Eastern herb mix, Za’atar, mingles with Middle Eastern spice mix, Ras El Hanout, in this 6-ingredient, keto, taste-bud tantalizing, and, super easy Chicken Spinach Dinner.

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  6. Shelly Griska says:

    I love this!

  7. Shelly Griska says:

    Hi Shashi! I tried a variant on this last night by marinading the chicken first in Greek yogurt mixed with a little lime juice. Tasted delicious, but not very pretty as there was too much liquid and the chicken wouldn’t get a nice crispy brown to it. If I do it again, I’ll either do as you have here with the spices as a rub or I’ll grill the yogurt-marinaded chicken separately. But, I’m glad for the inspiration because I picked up those same spices at Walmart during the short window while they were carrying them but hadn’t gotten up the nerve to try anything with them, and now I’ll for sure be using this seasoning combo because it’s wonderful!

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  11. TONS of flavor in this dish! Really good recipe — very creative. Thanks!

  12. allie says:

    What an incredible dinner and I loved learning more about both these spice blends here today!!! I’ve been to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market MANY times and know just what you mean. Love that place, the prices are great and the fresh factor is great. I hope you are well Miss Shashi. We are hoping to escape the cold weather, but not quite there yet. In fact, Bangor, Maine is getting 4-8″ of white stuff today. So glad I live further south. Just cold rain here. I know you’re in full-fledged spring there and enjoying the flowers, etc. Hope SPRINGS eternal here. 🙂 XOXO

  13. You know, I’ve noticed that Walmart has upped their game lately, too. Just yesterday, I saw that they stock harissa now. A couple of years ago, I visited every grocery store in town, and no one had even heard of harissa. I haven’t looked for Ras El Hanout yet, but I’ll put it on the list. I’ve been intrigued by this spice blend for a while…mainly because it sounds like a villain from Batman. 🙂 Seriously, though, you killed it with this recipe. That chicken looks delicious for an easy dinner!!

  14. Oh my goodness…that’s hilarious! I can picture you zipping through the aisles. I love grocery shopping, but there definitely have been times that I’ve moved fast like that too. This chicken looks legit good! Love the spice – talk about flavour town!! Hope you’re having an awesome weekend, Shashi! XO

  15. Shashi, your visits to the supermarket with your daughter sound very similar to mine with Lynne! She wants to amble up and down the aisles whilst I have a list and I know exactly what I want and I just want to get what I want and get out! I need to check out these unique Middle Eastern spices that you mention as this recipe looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for enlightening me!

  16. I adore Za’atar and Ras El Hanout! This looks so delicious and loaded with flavours!

  17. This is totally flavorful.Have to try this recipe for my family. Looks delicious.

  18. Robin Gagnon says:

    This looks fantastic and I loved how you included

  19. Dannii says:

    I am loving all the flavours going on here. This looks like a delicious way to flavour chicken.

  20. Jessica Formicola says:

    I’m sure those Middle Eastern spices are just incredible! I can’t wait to make this for dinner this week!

  21. Neha says:

    Mayn!! That looks so flavorsome, juicy and delicious! I totally need to try this recipe out!