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Za’atar Hasselback Chicken

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Time 30 minutes

I don’t know about you, but chicken is a staple in my house and I’m always trying to find new ways to make chicken a little more interesting. This dish takes it to the next level with layers of flavor from the fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, seasoning to the tomatoes paired with a balsamic vinegar glaze.

Let us know if you tried it and share how it turned out.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 large chicken breasts, (6 ounces each)
  • 4 oz log sliced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 20 leaves fresh basil, divided (half of it cut into ribbons)
  • 2 teaspoons Spiceology Za’atar Blend
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar glaze
  • sea salt & pepper, to taste

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Make 5-6 deep slits in each chicken breast, being careful not to cut all the way through.
  3. Season both sides with sea salt and black pepper. Place onto the lined baking sheet.
  4. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella very thinly, about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick, and cut the pieces to a width slightly wider than the thickness of your chicken breast. Stuff a piece of mozzarella, a tomato slice, and a whole basil leaf into each slit in the chicken.
  5. Drizzle olive oil and season with Spiceology Za’atar all over the chicken.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cooked through (heated to 165° F with a meat thermometer).
  7. When the chicken is ready, sprinkle remaining fresh basil ribbons on top right before serving. If desired, drizzle with balsamic vinegar glaze. 

Recipe by: Sally Roeckell @tableanddish

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