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Middle Eastern Spiced Baked Chicken

crispy spicy baked chicken cooked to perfection served with finely chopped fresh parsley and potatoes.

Most of the time, our busy schedule prevents us from cooking a healthy meal, especially during winter when people prefer staying warm in their beds. It’s time to introduce the Middle Eastern Spiced Baked Chicken, a mouthwatering and easy-to-cook meal that will keep you healthy this season.

With its simple ingredients and easy preparation, the Middle Eastern Spiced Baked Chicken is the perfect recipe for every family. Served with pita bread or rice, this juicy, flavorful, oven-fried chicken will be your go-to dish no matter what the occasion!


Easiest Meal to Stay Healthy

Golden juicy baked chicken with baked potatoes on the side
Heavenly tasting meal.


Double the Fun with the Right Seasoning

Grilling chicken breast or leg quarters without using any spices or seasoning sounds boring. Healthy food is often said to be bland and bad, but after you try this simple and delicious meal, you’ll never look at healthy food the same way again.

Lemon juice along with the right peppers such as onion, Aleppo, and garlic make an irresistible flavorful meal.


The Perfect Meal with Lighter Prep

Incredibly flavorful and lower in calories, this golden-baked chicken tastes just like fried chicken. In addition to being lower in fat and calories, baking is also lighter than frying. Despite the fact that deep frying is easy, you can definitely feel the grease afterward.


The Needed Proteins Source for Your Carbs

Baked golden leg quarters served in a plate with baked yellow potatoes.
Get the perfect balanced meal with this incredible protein. source.

The Perfect Match for Any Side Dish

Are you looking for a simple recipe that goes perfectly with any side dish? The answer to your concern is our special and tasteful Middle Eastern Spiced Baked Chicken. You can pair it with a bowl of Middle Eastern Vermicelli Rice (Ruz Bil Shi’iriya), some fresh salad, pita bread, or boiled vegetables.

You can also enjoy it by itself with some Middle Eastern toum, or garlic sauce on the side. This combo is inseparable!


How to Get the Juiciest Baked Chicken

One of the most popular myths about baking chicken is getting tough and dry leg quarters. This could happen when it’s not cooked correctly. But don’t worry, I will show you how to get a juicy and heavenly-tasting chicken with a few helpful tips.

The secret ingredient for a juicy chicken is brown sugar. While baking, the brown sugar seals in the juices, gives the chicken its beautiful crust, and caramelized edges. It takes just a spoonful to make a big difference.

Don’t worry, this won’t make the chicken too sweet. With mildly spicy flavors, it just adds the right amount of balance. It’s all about the right seasoning.

Also, you may not believe that, but high heat is what makes your chicken juicy. When baking the chicken breasts at a high temperature (425-450° F), the juices are sealed in and a beautiful golden crust is created. In the last few minutes, turn on the broiler to get those beautiful caramelized edges.


An Easy Meal You Don’t Want to Miss

Along with baked potatoes, this baked chicken constitutes an amazing piece of art.
A picture you can smell.

Top Tips for an Incredible Baked Chicken

To marinate, use a large bowl or dish and make sure the chicken is completely submerged.

Marinating chicken only takes 20 minutes, but you can keep it for longer if that’s more convenient for you. If necessary, store it in the refrigerator.

Before putting the chicken in the oven, make sure it is completely preheated.

Place a layer of parchment paper on a baking sheet, followed by a layer of melted butter.

For the best results, flip the chicken over halfway through baking.

This baked fried chicken is best served immediately after baking. If you want to save leftovers, keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for 4 days maximum. Note that the chicken won’t be as crispy after reheating.

If you want to make more chicken, make sure not to overcrowd the baking pan. You could use two pans and rotate them halfway through the baking time.


Simplest Chicken Recipe of All Time

crispy spicy baked chicken cooked to perfection served with finely chopped fresh parsley
An edible piece of art.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For this recipe, what kind of chicken should I use?

I used skin on leg quarters, chicken breasts will be perfect if you prefer boneless meals.

How to serve this Middle Eastern Spiced chicken?

You can serve it with some pita bread, salad, or a bowl of rice.

How long does it take to bake chicken leg quarters?

Baking chicken leg quarters requires 40 to 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees. If you’re worried, use a digital thermometer.


Easiest Meal to Prepare

Juicy baked chicken with crispy chicken cooked with yellow potatoes
Ingredients blend perfectly together for a fantastic painting.

Ingredients

The simplicity of this spiced baked chicken is seen through its easy-to-find ingredients. The ingredients needed for this recipe are as follows:

Leg quarters or whole: the main ingredient

Yogurt: When compared to regular marinades, yogurt tenderizes meat much more gently.

Lemon juice: Lemon juice does not only add flavor and acidity, but it also tenderizes the chicken.

Yellow potatoes: In order to get a fully balanced and yummy meal.

Medium yellow onion: To give the recipe a lovely flavor.

Garlic Gloves: To add more flavors to the recipe.

Seasonings: 7 spices, coriander powder, Aleppo pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, old bay seasoning, turmeric, ground cardamom, and sumac (optional).

Sriracha, shatta, or samba: optional if you like your chicken spicy.


Easy Steps to Make this Chicken Recipe

Preparing this recipe is an easy cake! All you have to do is follow the below instructions:

First of all, add the spices, yogurt, and olive oil to the chicken and mix well.

Then, make sure to rub the mixture under the skin.

Now, peel and cut the potatoes into 2-inch pieces, and finely dice and chop the onion and garlic.

After that, add to a deep baking pan and mix well.

Finally, cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven at 425 for an hour, and uncover to crisp up.

Enjoy!


Yummiest Chicken Recipe

Golden baked spiced chicken, served with baked potatoes for a balanced healthy meal.
Your favorite go-to meal.

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Juicy Chicken Kofta Kebabs

Kung Pao Chicken

Chicken Fatteh

Honey Garlic Sriracha Wings

Easy Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Aromatic Spiced Yellow Rice

Yemeni Chicken Mandi

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Authentic Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma


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Golden baked chicken with baked potatoes on the side topped with fresh parsley.

Middle Eastern Spiced Baked Chicken

Fatimah
Delicious, easy and so quick to put together. This juicy and delicious chicken has the perfect medley of Middle Eastern spices and flavors. Serve with pita bread of rice.
4.80 from 20 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern

Ingredients
  

  • 4 leg quarters, whole
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon 7 spice
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • tablespoons old bay seasoning (or whatever chicken seasoning you like)
  • ¼ tablespoon ground cardamom
  • ½ tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sumac optional
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • sriracha, shatta or sambal optional

Instructions
 

  • Add the spices, yogurt, and olive oil to the chicken and mix well.
  • Make sure to rub the mixture under the skin.
  • Peel and cut the potatoes into 1.5 -inch pieces, and finely dice and chop the onion and garlic.
  • Add to a deep baking pan and mix well.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven at 425 for 40-45 minutes, and uncover to crisp up, or broil for a few minutes.

Notes

  • To marinate, use a large bowl or dish and make sure the chicken is completely submerged.
  • Before putting the chicken in the oven, make sure it is completely preheated.
  • Place a layer of parchment paper on a baking sheet, followed by a layer of melted butter.
  • For the best results, flip the chicken over halfway through baking.
  • If you want to make more chicken, make sure not to overcrowd the baking pan. You could use two pans and rotate them halfway through the baking time.
Keyword Middle Eastern Spiced Baked Chicken
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25 thoughts on “Middle Eastern Spiced Baked Chicken

  1. Iman says:

    I can’t wait to try this.. but do u add any water when u bake this or u just put it as is with the chicken potatoes…etc?

    1. Fatimah says:

      Hi! nope, no water. The chicken will release some liquid.

      1. Iman says:

        Thanks so much I’m trying this tonight inshallah it will look as good as yours 😀

  2. Sandra says:

    It s says 20 mins cook time, then I instructions it says 1 hour. It’s 1 hour, right? Will it crisp up at 425 or is 450 better?

    1. Fatimah says:

      Hi, Cook time is 40-45 minutes as mentioned. at 425. You dont want to raise the temperature to 450 as that might make the chicken crispy on the outside but undercooked inside.I prefer to leave my chicken to broil for a few minutes after its done cooking to get it crispy.

  3. Ck says:

    Do you think I can make this ahead and then crisp up the skin right before serving?

    1. Fatimah says:

      Hello! Yes you can!

  4. Haneen says:

    5 stars
    Tried it when it went viral- sooo good!!!

  5. Sara Hamad says:

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe! Most flavorful chicken I’ve had yet, and my husband loves it as well. This has become a recipe I frequently return to!

  6. Sara says:

    5 stars
    Rich of flavors , best chicken recipe I’ve ever made😍😍😍

  7. Noor Mahdi says:

    5 stars
    Wow 😮 I was amazed by the taste of chicken how it’s so delicious with easy steps. Thank you for sharing you recipe

  8. Batoul says:

    5 stars
    I made the Middle Eastern baked chicken twice now and let me tell you when I say nothing was left at the end…it was delicious, quickly becoming my go too chicken.

  9. Lana says:

    5 stars
    This was a very delicious recipe to follow!

  10. April says:

    5 stars
    Excellent and easy. Thanks for a great recipe.

  11. Manar Rashid says:

    5 stars
    This is my go to chicken recipe for gatherings.
    My kids are picky and they ask for it every week.
    Mashallah anek. ❤️

  12. Lynn says:

    5 stars
    This was so delicious, and the chicken was so juicy. Love marinating in yogurt since this recipe.

  13. Jeisse Lima says:

    5 stars
    Have tried this chicken and it was supeeeer easy and definitely a to go to on Sunday’s! I have also added aubergines, and courgettes halfway through and they came out lovely!

  14. Dominika says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so Good!! You all should try it! I actually made it on top of the rice and it was amazing with yoghurt ! 😍

  15. Hiba says:

    5 stars
    Had this with freekeh soup and it was so friken good. Reminds me of restaurant roasted chicken

  16. Jumana says:

    5 stars
    We made this next to the ouzi rice and my husband absolutely went crazy for it. Sooo good!

  17. Kaitlynn Thompson says:

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner and it was delicious! So juicy and flavorful! My husband loved it and even had seconds. This was easy to put together and took minimal effort.

  18. Lian says:

    5 stars
    We had this next to freekeh soup the other day and it was delicious. Its not oart of our regular dinner rotations

  19. Kelsey says:

    5 stars
    Just made this for my family and my kiddos devoured it on chicken thighs and potatoes. It’s a keeper

  20. Shahd says:

    5 stars
    This was super tasty! I didnt get the same glazed finish nor the color, but that could be because of the spices I have. Anyway, tasted and smelled super good! Love this

  21. Riwan says:

    5 stars
    I made this dish last night for my parents. It was a hit! Thank you for the recipe.

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