Lebanese chicken is an ideal dish for a weekend meal. Seasoned with a 7-spice mix and then baked, this chicken recipe is full of flavour. It is a unique dish when paired with Lebanese rice or pita bread, and makes for a complete meal. Read on to know what these seven spices are, and how to make this delicious chicken dish.
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Make Lebanese Chicken with Fragrant 7-spice at Home
Preheat the oven at 204° C. In a bowl, add olive oil, salt and 7-spice mix. Now, add chicken and toss well. Add onion, garlic, preserved lemon and sliced lemon and mix well. Spread the mixture on a parchment-lined baking tray.
Bake the chicken for about 35-45 minutes until well cooked. Then, broil for a few minutes to give the skin a crispy, golden texture. If necessary, turn the chicken in between while cooking.
Toast the chopped almonds or pine nuts in a teaspoon of butter or olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. On a platter, place the baked chicken with the onions and lemon slices scattered around. If any juices are left in the pan, pour over the arranged chicken.
Garnish with the toasted nuts and parsley leaves. Serve with Lebanese rice or pita bread and yoghurt sauce.
Recipe TipsYou can also use boneless and skinless chicken breasts and thighs. However, the cooking time will then reduce to 20-25 minutes for skinless chicken breasts and 30-35 minutes for boneless chicken thighs.Share your version of this recipeHave you tried the Lebanese chicken? Do let us know how you make this recipe by sharing your version with us.Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat can I use instead of parsley?You can use fresh coriander leaves or basil leaves instead of parsley. Is preserved lemon necessary for this recipe?Yes. However, if preserved lemon isn’t available, you can use lemon zest or pickled lemon as a substitute.