May 9, 2023

Crispy Za’atar Chicken

Crispy Za'atar Chicken
I LOVE crispy chicken cutlets! And this recipe for crispy za’atar chicken is a flavorful and sophisticated twist on a classic. The process is still the same as breading a traditional chicken cutlet, but you simply add za’atar spice, a traditional Middle Eastern blend of spices that features thyme, oregano, sumac, and more. I love to serve these over my new favorite salad, the Jennifer Aniston Salad but you can also serve these with a simple green salad or even roasted sweet potatoes. If you are looking for some great side dishes to accompany this recipe, check out some of my favorites!
Jennifer Aniston Salad
Turkish Zucchini Pancakes
Greek Salad with Marinated Chickpeas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4


  • 1 lb chicken tenders or chicken breast cut into strips *see note
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 egg + 2 tsp water
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup panko
  • 2 ¼ tsp salt, divided
  • 3 tbsp zaatar spice
  • ¼ cup avocado oil for pan-frying


  • Season the chicken with ½ tsp salt
  • Mix flour and ½ tsp salt in a shallow dish.
  • Whisk egg and water in a second shallow dish
  • Combine breadcrumbs, panko, 1 ¼ tsp salt and zaatar in a third shallow dish.
  • Dredge each chicken tender in flour, tapping off any excess flour, then coat in egg, and finally cover in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Press the breadcrumb mixture into the chicken on both sides (this helps keep them crispy)
  • Heat avocado oil in a skillet over medium-high heat to 350 degrees.
  • Fry the chicken cutlets for a few minutes on each side, until golden. Set aside on a paper towel to remove excess oil. You can then keep the cutlets warm in the oven if you choose. I set my oven to 250 degrees.
  • Serve on top of your favorite salad. I love this with my recipe for Jennifer Aniston Salad.


If you are using chicken breast and it is thick, slice it in half lengthwise to make a thinner tender that cooks more quickly.
Keyword 30 minute meal, Dairy-free, kid-friendly
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