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}

  • Muhammara – Supper for a Steal
  • Homemade Labneh Cheese – The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
  • Jerusalem’s Burnt Eggplant with Garlic, Lemon & Pomegranate Seeds – Take A Bite Out of Boca
  • Sun Dried Tomato Hummus – Family Foodie

Salata {Salads and Sides}

  • Fried Cauliflower w/ Sesame Parsley Sauce (Qarnabeet Mekleh Bil Taratoor) – girlichef
  • Burnt Eggplant and Chickpea Soup – The Wimpy Vegetarian
  • Couscous, Lentil and Chickpea Salad – Citronlimette
  • Persian Jeweled Rice – Vintage Kitchen Notes
  • Lebanese Rice – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings


  • Shish Kafta (Middle Eastern Meatballs) – Growing Up Gabel
  • Quinoa Falafel- Jane’s Adventure in Dinner
  • Jamie Oliver’s Beef Tagine – Shockingly Delicious
  • Chicken Biryani – Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
  • Crockpot Curry Chicken – The Foodie Army Wife
  • Quinoa Falafel with Fresh Herbs – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
  • Shakshuka – kimchi MOM
  • Manti (Turkish Dumplings) – Small Wallet, Big Appetite
  • Beef Tagine Over Couscous – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
  • Grilled Red Snapper with Cilantro and Onion Stuffing  or حمراء مشوية مع حشوة – Food Lust People Love
  • Falafel with Israeli Salad – Webicurean
  • Chicken Shawarma – The Texan New Yorker
  • Spaghetti Squash Pastitsio with Greek Yogurt Bechamel – Cupcakes & Kale Chips
  • Kushari – Curious Cuisiniere
  • Israeli BBQ Chicken – From Fast Food to Fresh Food
  • Easy Persian Rice with Spiced Beef – MarocMama

Halwa {Desserts}

  • Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc
  • Rosewater Baklava – The Little Ferraro Kitchen
  • Fried Honey Citrus Cakes – Neighborfood
  • Easy Baklava Cake –
  • Ghraybeh – That Skinny Chick Can Bake
  • Sesame Tahini Cookies – Magnolia Days
  • Basbousa (Semolina Cake) – Mess Makes Food

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