Chicken breasts with Za’atar, Chickpeas & Tomatoes

Inspired by a recipe I saw on Bon Appetit, I used the avatar spice I had in the cupboard, a can of chickpeas & some tomatoes that were sitting around. The recipe from Bon Appetite had different spices, but the idea of  chickpeas & tomatoes was from there

Simple, quick & a good dinner. Sometimes, I just like to look in the around the kitchen & make dinner. Have to use up the spices in the drawer & what is the pantry! If you don’t have za’atar or chickpeas or tomatoes…this is good so it is worth getting this ingredients & trying this recipe!!  Nothing fancy just delicious.

I made this just for Murray & I so used only 2 bone-in chicken breasts…you can increase the amount of chicken then the spices accordingly. Add more tomatoes if you have more..I only used what I had…

Here is the recipe


2 bone-in chicken breasts

1 tbsp za’atar spice

2 tbsp olive oil

kosher salt

1 can drained chickpeas

grape tomatoes, about 12 or more ***I only had 12….if I had more I would have used them

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp za’atar spice

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tbsp oil


Preheat  oven to 450f

  1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  2. Put the chicken breasts onto the baking sheet
  3. Mix the za’atar spice & oil together & spread on the chicken….sprinkle some kosher salt on the chicken
  4. Put the drained chickpeas & tomatoes into a bowl
  5. Mix the salt, za’atar spice, paprika & oil together..
  6. Put the spice mixture on the chickpeas & tomatoes & mix well
  7. Put the chickpeas mixture around the chicken breasts on the baking sheet
  8. Put it into the hot oven & roast until done…about 20 minutes…the tomatoes get browned & spit.. some of the chickpeas get crispy & some don’t…& it all turns out great!


Chicken breasts & za’atar spice with oil to rub on the chicken 
chickpeas, tomaotes, salt & spiced oil
Ready to go into the oven
Look at this! Yum!


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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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