Sunday, November 3, 2013

Israeli BBQ Chicken #SundaySupper

It's so great to be back contributing to #SundaySupper, and a what better way to jump right in than a Middle Eastern Cuisine theme!  Amanda from MarocMama is hosting, and I couldn't be prouder!  Not only was she my first "mentee" in Sunday Supper, but she's a fellow Wisconsinite! (that is, until she moved to Morocco)  She is a fabulous blogger, a wonderful mother and wife, and an inspiration to me.  You definitely need to check her blog out- such great stories and mouth-watering recipes!  You won't be disappointed!

Okay-- now let's get to the food!  Being Jewish myself, I love Middle Eastern foods.  The spices get me all excited, so when I heard about the theme, I thought I would plotz! (hey- if I can't use a little Yiddish during this week, when can I use it?)  I immediately thought of Israeli BBQ Chicken.  It's so simple to make, but it's a hit whenever I bring it to a potluck or make it for a gathering at my synagogue.  If you can roast chicken pieces, you can make this.  The wonderful thing about this recipe is that you probably own most of the ingredients right now.  And here's a little warning- if you haven't cooked Middle Eastern food before, don't let the quantity of spices scare you. I promise that you'll love this.  I even find myself using heaping spoonfuls for my measurements because I want mine extra tasty!

The chicken tastes best when its cooked on the barbeque, but seeing that I'm in Wisconsin, I can't do that when it's 20 degrees below zero. When it's crazy cold out, I'll make this in my oven.  It still tastes great, but you don't quite get the crispy skin that you would when you grill it.  For the pictures today, I used my oven.  I probably could have grilled, but hey-- I was feeling a bit lazy.  It happens.  My family didn't seem to mind that it wasn't grilled.  Even the dog loved it-- she doesn't often "photo bomb" pictures, but she couldn't help but stick her nose in this one. 

  • Juice of two lemons (use fresh lemons- not bottled juice!)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3 pounds of chicken pieces, skin on


In a large bowl, combine the lemon juice, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Mix until well combined.  Add the chicken and turn until the chicken is completely coated.  Cover, and place in refrigerator for at least an hour.  Can be left overnight.

When cooking, can either use a barbeque or can roast in the oven.  Make sure internal temperature gets to 165 degrees, and be careful not to overcook the chicken.  When done, serve with lemon wedges.

Won’t you join me and the other #SundaySupper bloggers today for some amazing dishes? We’d love to share our Middle Eastern hospitality with you! Here's what the team prepared:

Mezze {Appetizers}
Salata {Salads and Sides}
Halwa {Desserts}

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  1. Your chicken looks crazy good, Melanie. The idea of using cinnamon is intriguing...Thank you for so generously sharing your recipe =)

  2. Hello friend! This looks absolutely wonderful! I'm so happy you're back into the swing of things and were able to participate this week. Also, I love the puppy nose photo bomb!

  3. We have missed you! So glad you are up to cooking again and joining us for #SundaySupper. This chicken dish looks fabulous and is now on my must try list!

  4. LOL! I love the doggy photo :) This chicken looks unbelievable good. I'll have to add this to my next menu!

  5. What gorgeous, perfectly cooked chicken! And your sweet, photo bombing pup is adorable!

  6. Haha I had a pup that used to do the same thing :) I don't blame him either. I can just imagine how wonderful this smelled!!

  7. Love the photo bomb! And the recipe too. Great spices in the marinade.

  8. This looks absolutely amazing. I'm a big fan when it comes to fried/grilled/BBQ chicken, and this sounds divine. I'm a big fan of spices too, so I'm liking you using heaped spoons for your measurements. And now I have a craving for chicken. I'll have to save this and try it myself. I can't bake desserts and sweet things, but chicken? Chicken, I can cook.

  9. This looks amazing, pinning! And I love your photo-bombing dog, too. :)

  10. This looks just delicious!! LOVE the photo of you dog in the photo. So sweet :-)

  11. Gawd, this sounds soooooo good! I'm definitely trying this!

  12. I love Middle Eastern spices too. Can't wait to try this BBQ chicken!

  13. Wow, I love the simplicity that brings in so much flavor!

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