Via my searching, I came across a whole bunch of terrific recipes for musakhan, a middle eastern chicken and sumac dish, typically baked together with pitas and/or other flatbreads. See, that doesn't work for me because of gluten issues, so I just made up my own version that is completely gluten free. This recipe is pretty versatile. You can stick veggies into the chicken (like green beans, zucchini, and potatoes like I did in the picture above), or just leave it plain chicken with onions. Either way, it's so good you'll be wanting to mop up the extra sauce...
If you don't have any way to pick your own sumac, you can still make this chicken with bought sumac spice, which you can either pick up from a spice store, or even order from Amazon.
Musakhan Recipe- Middle Eastern Sumac ChickenIngredients
3 lbs chicken (thighs, drumsticks, wings, whatever)5 tablespoons sumac
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup oil
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
Assorted veggies (optional)
1. Chop the onions and garlic. Saute in oil until golden and aromatic.
2. Layer the chicken and the onions in a large pan or pot.
3. Mix the spices, and sprinkle all over the chicken and onions.
4. Add all the rest of the ingredients.
5. This chicken can either be baked in the oven or cooked on the stovetop on a low heat. Take your pick. I often do both, starting off on the stovetop, then switching it to my oven.
6. If baking, you may want to uncover partway through. Remove from oven when the chicken comes off the bone easily.
7. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes (or flatbread if you're not gluten free).
What is your favorite chicken recipe that you can just make over and over and over again? Ever eat musakhan? Does this seem like a recipe you'd try?
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