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Palestinian Spinach sumac chicken roll

Author: Amira


  • 1 medium onion- finely diced.
  • 3 cups of fresh spinach leaves- chopped.
  • 1 tsp salt.
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper.
  • 1 tsp ground cumin.
  • 1-2 Tbsp sumac depends on your liking.
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil.
  • A whole chicken- deboned with skin still on.
  • optional :1 cup of cheese - usually feta but I've used shredded mozzarella.


  • In a sauce pan heat the oil, sauté the onions then add the spinach and the spices, stir until wilted. Remove from heat and add the feta cheese if you are using it.
  • Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the chicken.
  • Spread some mozzarella cheese on top
  • Spread the spinach mixture
  • Roll tightly and press while you roll, you can use some toothpicks to fasten the roll
  • Then roll tightly in a plastic wrap that will stand the heat
  • and then wrap tightly with foil
  • Place in an oven dish with a cup of water in it.
  • Place in a 350F oven for 30-40 minutes
  • When it is done unwrap and brown the roll in the oven
  • or on the stove top with some butter until golden brown and crispy.


Let it cool completely, cut and serve with basmati rice.