Are you craving a super easy, quick & moist baked chicken recipe? This dish elevates your ordinary baked chicken dish by merging the flavors of the Middle East & Italy!

Why merge the two you might ask? Well, because that’s sort of my thing – figuring out ways to merge our rich Arabic flavors with flavors used in other cuisines. And also, because I just recently came back from an incredible exploration holiday in Italy!

Italy was refreshing & I “gained” a deeper understanding of their ingredients & food culture – “gained” is a critical word here folks! I honestly couldn’t stop eating, which I had posted the entire thing on Snapchat, to the point that my Snappy buddies asked me to cut down on eating.

Here was my response –> watch the video

Since I’m back, the next step was to integrate what I’ve learned & mix it with my Arabic roots. Arabs & Italians share similar herbs which meant the flavors would work in harmony together.

If you would like a taste of this super moist baked chicken recipe, then here’s how you can make your own!


Baked Chicken with Arabic & Italian Herbs

Serves 2

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp za’atar mix
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup zereshk (barberry), soaked in hot water & drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • salt & pepper to taste
Chicken 1

Firstly, preheat the oven to 200C.

Then place all ingredients on a baking tray & mix well. Cover with aluminum foil & pop into the oven for 25 minutes. Take the chicken out of the oven & keep covered. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Lastly, serve your baked chicken with your choice of salad. I choose rucola with a basic balsamic & olive oil dressing & sea salt.

Chicken 2

Chicken 3Have you thought of pairing your meal with these scrumptious appetizers, sides or a desserts


Hi! I'm Najoud

A Saudi national with Syrian & Palestinian origins. I’ve spent my life continuously moving countries exploring new cultures, new flavors, & new perspectives on life. Here's my story


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