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za'atar chicken flatbread

Za atar Chicken with Chickpeas on Flatbread

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


Za’atar chicken meatballs are a star on your favorite flatbread, rice bowl or salad. Enjoy this grilled Middle Eastern treat and see how good za’atar tastes!



Za’atar Ground Chicken Patties

1 lb ground meat
2 T za’atar
1 T olive oil
3 large garlic cloves minced
1 T chopped parsley
1/4 c finely chopped onion
1/2 t salt
1/2 to 1 t harrisa or chili paste to taste
Na’an bread or Pita brushed with oil and grilled or lightly toasted

Fried Chickpeas:

1 T olive oil
3 T minced onion
1 minced jalapeno

1 minced garlic clove

1 chopped Roma tomato
1 can of drained garbanzos
1 T chopped parsley

Za’atar Yogurt Sauce

3 T thick Greek yogurt
1 t harissa
2 t za’atar
2 T buttermilk
1 T mayonnaise
1 t olive oil
1 t minced parsley
salt to taste

Additional Toppings:

Chopped Feta Cubes
Chopped Parsley
Hot Sauce
Leftover Rice
Chopped and Seeded Cucumber
Chopped Red Peppers




Chicken Patties:

Combine all ingredients together and stir well. I use my hands to really knead the meat mixture to get a good, fine texture.

Using 2 T of meat, form into patties, which should give you about 12-16 patties.

Set aside until ready to use. The longer this sits the more flavor the meat takes on.

When ready to grill, brush with oil especially if using chicken, because it is very lean. For other meats, use your discretion.

If you don’t want to grill, feel free to pan fry these and then take them out of the pan and keep them warm. Or shove them to one side and you can cook the chickpeas in the same skillet. Lots of good flavors that way!

Cook or grill for about 5 minutes or until brown on both sides!

Fried Chickpeas:

Heat olive oil in a medium sized skillet on medium high heat.

Add onion, jalapeno and garlic and saute until lightly colored. Add tomatoes and garbanzos and cook, stirring often, until garbanzos crisps up and turn a soft golden color.

Stir in parsley and salt to taste.

Za’atar Yogurt Sauce:

Mix all ingredients together whisk well with a whisk.

To assemble: 

Take your bread of choice and place chickpeas on top. Place chicken patties on top of chickpeas. Drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with your favorite toppings.


Feel free to use these chicken patties however you would like!