Enjoy the richness of the olive oil along with the tangy flavor of the sumac sprinkled on tender chicken with crispy skin in this al mahloos chicken, an ancient Palestinian recipe.
Next time try this Musakhan recipe.
❤️ Why You'll Love It
- Flavorful and rich chicken recipe.
- Super easy to make.
- Comes with make ahead option.
- Can easily be doubled or tripled.
This recipe is also great for potluck and goes well with any salad, pasta or side dish you have.
Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The full instructions are in the recipe card below.
- In a deep bowl, combine onions, olive oil and all the spices.
- Add chicken and toss well to coat then refrigerate for a couple of hour or up to 2 days.
⌛ Make Ahead
- You can marinade the chicken in the fridge for up to 2 days before cooking.
- Freeze marinated chicken for 4-6 months.
🍽️ Serve With
These chicken goes very well with yellow rice, freekeh pilaf , roasted vegetables or any kind of flat bread like this Palestinian taboon bread.
Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
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Palestinian chicken : Al mahloos
- 1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces.
- 1 ¼ cups olive oil
- 4 large yellow onion
- ½ Tablespoon salt or to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons sumac
- 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- ½ Tablespoon 7-spic mix
- In a small food processor, finely process all the onion.
- In a large bowl, add all the spices along with the chopped onions and mix well.
- Place chicken pieces in a baking dish then pour the onion mixture over.
- Rub chicken well with onion mixture, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours or up to 24 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Remove the plastic wrap and cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil
- Bake in the oven for about an hour or until chicken is done.
- Uncover dish and broil the chicken to get the skin crisper.
- You can use any bone-in chicken pieces you like.
- You will end up with a delicious rich chicken swimming in olive oil, do not throw the oil away, it will be so flavorful with onions too. Dip some crusty bread in this oil mixture or scoop it over rice.
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First published Jun 15, 2015 . Last updated February 10, 2022 with important tips, clear step by step instructions and readability.
I love all your recipes! So glad I found you
Definitely will try this chicken and will let you know!
Thanks a lot Zehava for your sweet comment. I will be waiting for the pictures as well.
Salam aleikum. I was feeling a little lazy so i just put all the spices, onion and oil in a blender and then on the chicken. I loved this dish and so did my whole family! And i dont usually even like chicken that much. I also made a baby frendly version of this chicken to my little girl, she loved it too. This is now one of my favorite foods, thank you for shering this recipe 🙂 I hope you have a good Ramadan!
Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella
Have a wonderful Ramadan season! Sumac is one of my favourite spices and I always try and add it into dishes as it adds so much to a dish! 😀