Sumac & Zataar, two ingredients that are an essential part of the Lebanese Cuisine.

So why not combine them both together…

  • 1 Kg Chicken pieces (of your choice)
  • 1 Tbsp Sumac
  • 1 Tbsp Zataar
  • 1 Tbsp Arab 7 spice
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • Salt & pepper
  • Lemon wedges/slices
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • Olive oil
  • Spanish onion (sliced)
  • Toasted Nuts (Pine nuts,almonds)


  1. In a bowl marinate chicken with the all above spices,oil & lemon. 
  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
  3. Once marinated well, place the chicken in a oven proof dish and cook covered for approx 30mins and uncovered for a further 8-10mins.
  4. Once cooked serve & garnish with parsley leaves and toasted nuts.


  • 3 Capsicums (Halved)
  • 1.5 cups Basmati rice(washed)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion diced
  • Tumeric
  • Salt & pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • Shredded cheese (Parmesan, tasty or both)


  1. In a pot heat a little oil and sautè off the diced onions till fragrant & translucent.
  2. Add the can of diced tomatoes, along with the pre-washed rice. Stir and season with salt, pepper & Tumeric.
  3. Slowly pour in the stock while stiring the rice. Allow to simmer and bring up to a boil.
  4. Lower heat and cover pot for approx 10mins or till rice has cooked. 
  5. In the meantime, prep your capsicum in a oven proof dish.
  6. Atuff the capsicums with the cooked rice, top with cheese and sprinkle Zataar.
  7. Place in the pre-heated oven for approx 15-17mins.

A video recipe for this is up on my YouTube channel “Amira’s Lifestyle Guide” (Click here)




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