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Za’atar Fried Chicken with Green Tahini Sauce and Harissa Honey

This recipe originally appeared on the Rachael Ray Show. For more recipes and videos from the show visit RachaelRayShow.com [1].



In a food processor, combine tahini with lemon juice, garlic, 1 teaspoon cumin and salt, and process into a sauce. (If it’s too thick, add a little water.). Adjust salt to taste.

Place about half of the sauce in a mixing bowl [2] and reserve. Add scallions, parsley and dill tops to the food processor with the tahini and process until smooth. Reserve green sauce.

To the mixing bowl [2] with the plain tahini, add the buttermilk and hot sauce. Add chicken, toss to coat and chill 2-4 hours.

Heat oil to 350°F.

Combine flour with 2 tablespoons cumin, sesame seeds, sumac, oregano or marjoram, paprika or chili powder, salt and pepper.

Working in batches, shake excess marinade from chicken and coat in za’atar-spiced flour. Add chicken to hot old and fry to deep golden and cooked through.

Combine harissa and honey in a small pot [3] and warm over low heat.

Serve chicken with lemon wedges, green sauce and hot honey alongside.

Serving suggestion: Chicken goes great with an Israeli Salad (chopped tomatoes, seedless cucumber and white onion dressed with lemon, EVOO [4] and salt), Israeli pickles (they come in a yellow can) and hot charred pitas.