Musakhan: Palestinian sumac chicken
A Palestinian traditional recipe of roast chicken with sumac with a flavorful onion and almonds sauce.
Servings: 8 servings
For cooking the chicken:
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil.
- 1 medium onion diced.
- 1 whole chicken cut into 8 parts or 8 of any bone in chicken you prefer.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
- 2 bay leaves.
- 3 cardamom cloves crushed just to open.
- Boiled water to cover.
For the caramelized onion:
- 3/4 - 1 cup olive oil.
- 5 (950g) yellow onions.
- 1 Tablespoon ground cumin.
- 1 teaspoon salt.
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper.
- 1 Tablespoon allspice.
- 2 Tablespoons ground sumac or to your taste.
- 1 cup (175g) blanched roasted almonds.
- 6 Taboon bread Greek bread or naan.
Cook the chicken:
Heat olive oil in a deep pot and sauté onion for a couple of minutes until translucent.
Add the chicken and brown all around.
Add salt, pepper, bay leaves and cardamom.
Cover with boiled water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer until fully cooked.
Take the chicken out and set aside. Strain the broth and also set aside.
Make the caramelized onion:
In a skillet over medium heat pour the olive oil, add onion and cook until lightly caramelized. About 5 minutes.
Add the spices except for the sumac and roasted almonds.
Add one and a half cup of the chicken broth we’ve just made to the mix. Turn heat off and leave to cool down a bit.
Broil the chicken:
Take the chicken we’ve just cooked and dip them in the onion mixture.
Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet, sprinkle with sumac and broil until golden brown.
Prepare the bread:
Preheat oven to 350F.
Dip each bread piece in the onion mixture then using a slotted spoon take some of the onion and spread over the bread. Sprinkle with sumac.
Bake the bread in the oven until just golden brown and crispy.
Calories: 831.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.6g | Protein: 52.1g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 14.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 37.2g | Cholesterol: 225.9mg | Sodium: 594.6mg | Potassium: 369.7mg | Sugar: 5.7g