Mussakhan (Roast Chicken With Sumac and Red Onions)

4 servings


4 hours

total time


2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks

1 large lemon, juiced (about 4 tablespoons)

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

1 1/2 tablespoons sumac, plus more for serving

4 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Sea salt and ground black pepper

1 large red onion (about 1 pound), halved and thinly sliced

2 tablespoons pine nuts

Naan or Arabic taboon bread, for serving

Coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves, for serving


Slash the flesh of each piece of chicken diagonally a few times, around 3/4 inch apart, and then place the meat in a large bowl or plastic container. Add the lemon juice; 3 tablespoons olive oil; 1 1/2 tablespoons sumac; the garlic, cumin, allspice and cinnamon; and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Rub the mixture into the meat. Add the red onion and toss to coat. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate, 1 to 3 hours.

When you are ready to cook the chicken, heat the oven to 375 degrees. Transfer the meat, onion slices and any juices to a baking sheet and roast until the juices run clear when the chicken pieces are pierced at their thickest part, about 40 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, cover the baking sheet tightly in foil and set aside while you prepare the toppings.

In a small skillet, cook the pine nuts in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over low heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 2 minutes, then transfer to a paper towel to drain.

To serve, heat the naan or taboon bread in the oven until toasted and warmed and transfer to a platter. Arrange the chicken and red onion on top. Finish with a smattering of pine nuts, sumac and chopped parsley. Drizzle any remaining roasting juices so they soak into the bread, then drizzle with a little more olive oil.


Serving Size




Total Fat

38 g

Saturated Fat

8 g

Unsaturated Fat

27 g

Trans Fat

0 g




887 mg

Total Carbohydrate

14 g

Dietary Fiber

3 g

Total Sugars

5 g


43 g

4 servings


4 hours

total time
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