Honey Roasted Za’atar Chicken with Fruit

Written by chanie on August 29th, 2013

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m pretty big on za’atar right now. But regardless of my newfound love of the spice mix, I’ve been making a variation of this chicken for quite some time. I decided to kick it up a notch for the holidays by adding red wine, honey and dried fruit for a festive finish.

Za’atar is a mixed herb and spice blend popular in the Middle East. It’s primarily made up of sumac, thyme, oregano, sesame seeds and salt. The spice blend is widely available in supermarkets, but you can also find it on amazon.

Other za’atar recipes:

grilled corn with za’atar garlic compound butter
malawach cheese pastries with dipping sauce

Related recipes:

sweet Hawaiian chicken
Rosh Hashanah roast
honey mustard chicken pastrami roulade

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  1. Juli says:

    Looks delish! Any suggestions if I try with a whole chicken?

  2. I have been waiting for this recipe since you had talked about it! Looks so good, perfect for RH!

  3. Jamie Geller says:

    am also obsessed with Zaatar but never went sweet with it — love the idea!!! thanks as always for inspiring!

  4. Rachel says:

    Should I /do you leave the skin on ? Does it matter for this recipe?

  5. Yael says:

    Made for chag, it was amazing, received rave reviews from family and guests definitely a repeat

  6. sarah says:

    I made it for Rosh Hashona and it was absolutely delicious!

  7. Never thought of combining Zaatar with dried fruit and and wine. Sounds like a very delicious combination

  8. This looks amazing! I have so much zaatar in my pantry, what a great recipe to try it on.

  9. LOVING the glaze on this chicken!

  10. I just went out and bought dried fruit so I can make this recipe. It looks so dang good!

  11. Sarah Hedvat says:

    Can I omit the honey? Do we must use it??

    • chanie says:

      Hi Sarah, If you want to omit the honey, I would just put a splash of wine in the bottom of the pan and drizzle some olive oil over the chicken and dried fruit.

  12. Erin says:

    If I don’t have red wine, anything else I can use?

  13. devorah says:

    Hi sorry- when you say 1 package of chicken, how many chicken legs does that mean?

  14. Raizy says:

    Have you ever tried this recipe on roast instead of chicken?!

  15. Chana says:

    Hey making it right now :) is semi dry red wine okay?

  16. Chana Rivka Hersh says:

    Made this for Rosh Hashana and everyone loved it! It was flavorful, moist, and looked lovely served. Thank you!

  17. What a fantastic blog. I love, love, love your flavor combinations. The blending of cultures, through food, creates such interesting flavors. Thanks.

  18. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. My huband LOVES za’tar. (I think he would sprinkle it on his ice-cream if I’d let him!) Made this dish last evening for Erev Rosh and it was a huge hit and super easy. I’ll be checking out your site again.

  19. yael says:

    Hi! can i use regular red wine instead of dry red wine?

  20. miriam heber says:

    Hi chanie – love your website!
    Is the Pereg zahtar the same as the za’tar you are referring to? looks like a great recipe!

  21. Bev says:

    Hi there
    I would LOVE to make this for Rosh Hashana – just came back from Israel with a big bag of za’atar! I just want to check – your recipe says 20oz dried fruit – is this correct? It’s over a pound.
    Thanks so much!

  22. dahlia says:


    This looks amazing! Can it work with boneless chicken as well?

  23. Dana says:

    Followed the exact measurements with even less chicken and it doesn’t look juicy at all compared to the picture. Any tips? Can’t wait to rate it. Thanks!!!

    • chanie says:

      Hey Dana, using less chicken can actually make it less juicy because the chicken releases juices while it’s cooking. That is likely the issue.

  24. Deetza says:

    Hi Chanie! Would you recommend a quartered 2-3 pound chicken for this recipe or would you recommend a larger chicken? I think I’m going to give this a pre-chag trial run next Shabbat!

  25. Chaya says:

    Does this freeze well? How many days does it last in fridge?

  26. ann says:

    Please indicate how many this recipe serves–4? I don’t want to quarter a chicken since I’m serving so many people for the holiday. I’d like to use just thighs and breasts. Thank you

    • chanie says:

      A quartered chicken usually serves 4, unless you separate the thighs and serve smaller portions. You can easily use 6 pieces of chicken for this recipe if you wish.

  27. Mushka says:

    Hey! Does it freeze well?

  28. Karen Polonsky says:

    looked this up and made this again after a few years ,, used just the backs and it served great !! guests loved it

  29. Bruriah says:

    Made this for Sukkot and it was fab! Used a whole chicken and stuffed potatoes inside. The combination was delightful and delicious!

  30. Mer says:

    This recipe turned out great! We’re beginning cooks and the recipe was easy to follow and delicious. I personally don’t like fruit so I left out the dried fruit and used more olive oil and za’atar.

    Chanie, someone give us your cookbook for our wedding and we love using it! Thank you for all of your great food.

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