Mussakhan (Roast Chicken With Sumac and Red Onions) #ImprovCooking

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Today we're sharing recipes with sumac and yogurt! Sumac was new for me - I had to order some up from Amazon and wasn't quite sure what to expect!

This was a deliciously easy chicken dish - I love that everything marinates together and you just dump and bake! The bright citrus flavor comes through and makes a wonderful warm sandwich filling!

Improv Cooking Challenge: June 2021

Sumac & Yogurt

Mussakhan (Roast Chicken With Sumac and Red Onions)

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast or tenders
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 TBS extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 ½ TBS sumac
1 TBS minced garlic
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Sea salt and ground black pepper
1 large red onion (about 1 pound), halved and thinly sliced
Naan or other flatbread, for serving (optional)

  1. Combine: lemon juice, olive oil, yogurt, sumac, minced garlic, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, and about 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper in a resealable container and add the chicken and sliced onions. Shake or stir to blend ingredients and coat the chicken at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees when ready to bake.
  3. Place chicken into a 2-quart baking dish and bake about 35-45 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Serve wrapped in flatbread, naan, or pita, etc. with additional yogurt and sumac if desired!
Recipe adapted from NY Times


  1. Musakhen is one of my favorite food! I made it for my birthday most years. I love all your vibrant red onions! So pretty.

  2. Sumac is new for me too. I love how simple this is, but there's so many ways to serve it!

  3. I have made this dish and love the flavors, yours too look absolutely delicious and tempting!

  4. This is delicious. I love the flavor combo and would love to try a vegan version with your marinade.


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