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Roast Chicken with a Green Tahini Sauce

Method

For the tahini sauce:

  • Beat the garlic, parsley, tahini, lemon juice and water in a food processor, until the mixture becomes smooth and the texture like a thinner mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper. Since each bunch of parsley varies in quantity, you may need to add a little more water if the sauce is too thick or a little more parsley if it turns out too thin. Create the sauce according to your preferences.

For the chicken:

  • Preheat oven to 190* C (374* F) Fan.
  • Wearing disposable gloves, cut the chicken into 8 portions on a cutting board.
  • Beat the garlic, lemon, sumac, allspice, cinnamon, chicken stock and a generous amount of olive oil in a food processor. Beat until all of the ingredients come together to form a paste.
  • Transfer marinade to a bowl. Finely chop the onions and add to the marinade.
  • Add the pieces of chicken and toss to coat.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Mix and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  • When ready, place the chicken into a small baking pan large enough to hold the chicken in a single layer. Pour the remaining marinade over them.
  • Cut 8 slices of lemon. Place a slice of lemon over each piece of chicken.
  • An easy way to make the herb mixture called za’atar, is to combine 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon dried oregano and 1 tablespoon dried thyme in a bowl.
  • Spread the za’atar over the chicken and roast for 35-40 minutes.
  • Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and sauté until golden brown. Be careful not to burn them.
  • Serve the chicken with roasted onions and lemons. Spread the sauce over them and sprinkle with pine nuts.

Tip

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mixture.  A condiment made from dried herbs, sesame seeds, sumac and other spices. Each region has its own variation for the mixture of herbs. The recipe I’m sharing with you here is a simple and basic one..

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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per portion

179
Calories (kcal)
9 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

9.6
Total Fat (g)
14 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

3.1
Saturated Fat (g)
16 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

3.6
Total Carbs (g)
1 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

2.4
Sugars (g)
3 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

18.8
Protein (g)
37 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

1.6
Fibre (g)
6 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

1.2
Sodium (g)
20 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

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