What is Za’atar Seasoning?
Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend made from toasted sesame seeds, dried thyme (za’atar actually means thyme in Arabic), dried marjoram and/or oregano and sumac (a spice with a tangy lemon flavor). Those are just guidelines for the ingredients, however, since very cook or brand of za’atar will have their own special recipe. I’m a big fan of Middle Eastern food and all its flavors and za’atar features prominently in the cuisine.
Some people use za’tar to spice up olive oil or yogurt for an easy bread dip. It also works well to spice up a salad dressing, but I think it really shines when used on roasted meats, which brings me to this recipe for Za’atar Chicken Legs made in your air fryer.
This recipe is so easy to prepare and delivers so much flavor that it’s great for a weeknight meal as well as for a weekend dinner party. The cooking time will vary slightly depending on the size of chicken legs that you buy, so keep that in mind. If the chicken legs are really huge, do add a few minutes to the cooking time and check for doneness with an instant read thermometer.
Once the chicken legs have finished air-frying in roughly 30 minutes, serve with some basmati rice, some pita bread or naan and a green vegetable or salad. The cucumber salad with visalia onion dressingwould be a perfect accompaniment.
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Congrats BJC on the new website. I like how clear & easy to read it is.
Can I cook these legs on a sheet pan? Don’t have an air fryer.
It would be great in you included multiple cooking techniques for your recipes like you do in your One Pot Comfort book.
Hi PattiAnn. Thanks for your nice comments. Yes – you can cook these chicken legs on a sheet pan. I would say 375ºF – 400ºF for about 25 to 30 minutes. I’ll do my best to offer cooking method options on my recipes going forward – it just takes a little more time because I need to test the recipe both ways. So glad you like what I’ve done in One Pot Comfort. 🙂
Where can I find the Zatar for the seasoning?
Hi Jennifer. I found mine in a grocery store, but I know that there are several different za’atar blends on Etsy. Check it out!
I buy my za’atar blend from Penzeys. I’m always running out!
Hi Meredith, I don’t have thighs right now but do have 2 bone in, skin-on breasts. How long would I do them in the air fryer? Thanks!
Love the new website BTW!
Hi Peg. Check out the cooking charts for the air fryer here: https://bluejeanchef.com/cooking-school/air-fryer-cooking-charts/ That will tell you how long to cook any number of different pieces of meat. Just know that depending on how big or thick the meat is will make a difference.
This recipe is one of my family’s favorite! Don’t skip the red onion, it makes the dish extra tasty, plus charred onions are the best! I found za’atar seasoning at international market, and middle eastern market will have them too.
We love this! It’s always good to have a good air fryer recipe. By the way, the instructions say “sprigs of time.” You might want to correct that.
Ha! Thanks for that, Peggy. Darn spell correct! I’ve fixed the typo and glad you enjoyed the recipe.