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Sheet Pan Chicken With Za’atar on Naan Bread

Naan breads topped with hummus, chicken, and greens.

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Hit the reset button with this refreshing (and easy!) Sheet Pan Chicken With Za’atar on Naan Bread.

I hate New Years Eve.

I don’t want to sound like a grump—I love the holidays! But New Years Eve makes me groaaaan. Trying to fit into a sparkly dress after three weeks of engorging on cheese and cookies is an act of self-sabotage. Then there’s the yelling of the countdown followed by drunken hugs and phony well-wishes from people at the party you’ve never even met. And let’s not forget co-workers thinking they’re clever when they drop lines like, “See you next year!” Hyuck hyuck.

That whole paragraph probably makes me sound like an a-hole; I swear I’m not. Give me the Hanson Christmas CD in November, put me in an ugly Christmas sweater, and give me Christmas morning mimosas at 8am. I’m ready to be festive! There’s just something about New Year’s Eve that makes me roll my eyes into another dimension…

Needless to say, we spent our evening in pajama pants eating takeout Chinese, playing old school video games, and it was a dream.

Naan breads topped with hummus, chicken, and greens.

But I do love a new start.

One thing I do love about the new year is that feeling of starting fresh and setting new goals—which makes a lot of other people groan, so I guess it all balances out ;)

Do you have any resolutions in place for 2019? I have some pretty determined goals, both personal and for this space. On a personal level, I’d like to continue supporting cruelty-free brands where I can while also kicking the use of plastic in this house. I just bought some awesome silicone food storage bags and I’m *really* excited to put them to use. (Peace out, plastic baggies!)

As for here on the blog, I want to turn to more cookbooks for inspiration and less Websites. I’ve already cracked the spines of my new cookbooks and have found some insight in Melissa Clark’s “Dinner: Changing the Game“.

In her introduction, something resonated with me. She touches on the fact that when we go out for dinner these days, we often order several small plates and mix things up to get what we really want out of a meal. Yet at home, it’s ingrained in us to create dinners that comprise a protein, a veg, and a starch. All in their own separate corners of the plate. This obviously makes cooking dinner a chore because it completely ignores the evolution of our food culture. (We just don’t eat that way anymore!) As a result, many of us find ourselves stuck between what we believe we should eat and what we actually want to eat.

This year, I want to help you (and myself!) cook the latter.

And what better way to kick things off than with a simple sheet pan chicken dinner toppled over soft pillowy naan bread.

Zaatar chicken on sheet pan.

Sheet Pan Chicken With Za’atar on Naan Bread.

You’re still getting your protein, veg, and starch with this one, but in a much more fun and attractive way. Naan bread is smothered with creamy hummus, then topped with lemony salad greens, chopped za’atar-seasoned chicken, toasted pine nuts, and sweet bursting pomegranate arils.

Pine nuts are pricey, so if part of your new year’s resolution is to not spend money frivolously, you can use walnuts or almonds. They don’t offer the same deep, rich, and earthy flavor, but they’ll do the trick. You do you.

Pomegranate arils can usually be found in the produce section of your local supermarket. If you can’t find them and don’t have access to an actual pomegranate, cutting up some red or green grapes might work. I haven’t tried it, but that burst of sweetness from the pomegranate arils is a MUST. So if you can’t find them, try to find its equal :)

Pomegranate arils.

Naan breads topped with hummus, chicken, and greens.

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Naan breads topped with hummus, chicken, and greens.
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Sheet Pan Chicken With Za'atar on Naan Bread

Sheet Pan Chicken With Za'atar is topped over fluffy naan bread with hummus, lemony greens, toasted pine nuts, and sweet pomegranate arils for an easy, fun, and refreshing dinner.

Course Main
Cuisine Middle-Eastern Inspired
Keyword Chicken, easy, healthy, naan, pine nuts, pomegranate, sheet pan, za'atar
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

Sheet Pan Chicken.

  • 1-1.5 lbs chicken breast (2 large or 4 smaller)
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 TBSP lemon zest
  • Juice of half a lemon (reserve the other half)
  • 2 TBSP za'atar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed then sliced
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt and cracked black pepper

Naan Bread + Toppings.

  • 2 pieces of naan bread
  • 1/2 cup hummus* (see notes for my homemade hummus)
  • 2 handfuls of mixed salad greens
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 TBSP pomegranate arils
  • 2 TBSP freshly chopped parsley

Instructions

Sheet Pan Chicken.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375º F.

  2. Place the chicken breasts in a large bowl with the sliced onions and drizzle with olive oil. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, za'atar, paprika, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. With bare clean hands, toss the chicken and rub the oil and herbs into the chicken until evenly coated. Transfer the chicken breasts and onions to a sheet pan and drizzle any leftover liquids from the bowl over the chicken. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through with an internal temperature of 165º F.

  3. While the chicken is baking, prepare your naan bread and pine nuts. Spread hummus over each naan, then top with a handful of salad greens. Cut the reserve lemon half into wedges and squeeze fresh lemon juice over the greens.

  4. Place your pine nuts into a dry pan over medium-low heat. Give the pan a shake and toss the pine nuts every few minutes to prevent burning. Once the pine nuts are golden brown and aromatic, remove from heat and set aside.

  5. Once the chicken is done, remove from oven. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and roughly chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Place the chicken into a bowl along with the pine nuts, pomegranate arils, and chopped parsley. Give it all a good mix, then top each naan bread with a generous amount of the chicken mixture.

  6. Serve, and enjoy! (This dish is great when the chicken is hot out of the oven, lukewarm, or even cold. If it's summer and you want to turn this into a more refreshing and cooling dinner, cook the chicken in advance and refrigerate it for a few hours before mixing it with the pine nuts, pomegranate, and parsley. Then top the naans whenever you're ready.)

Recipe Notes

Try this recipe with my homemade hummus!

Sheet Pan Chicken With Za'atar and Naan Bread.

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15 Comments

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    February 20, 2019 at 2:37 pm […] the beginning of the year, I mentioned that I wanted to find more inspiration from cookbooks and less from Websites. So far I’ve been sticking to my guns and it’s been incredibly […]
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    Molly Kumar
    January 11, 2019 at 4:22 am I'm so with you on that whole 'New Years Eve' thing. This year, we didnt even make any extra effort but just some friends at home and we ordered food from outside ;) The pizza looks amazing and love the combination of zaatar with chicken. So flavorful n easy to make.

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    DogRescuer
    January 9, 2019 at 11:03 am I completely agree with you about New Year's. As much as I spend basically my entire life waiting for Christmas, I honestly couldn't care less about NYE. I work from home and I always make sure I am scheduled for December 31 and January 1 (when very little happens work-wise, anyway.) Also, this recipe sounds awesome and I will certainly try it very soon, thank you for sharing!
    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      January 15, 2019 at 2:50 pm I'm glad I'm not alone ;) I hope you love this recipe as much as I did! Keep me posted!
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    Donna
    January 9, 2019 at 10:44 am Ahhhh yum! These photos are amazing and make me want to just dive right in! Love the addition of the pomegranate, not only adds a great color but an amazing pop of flavor as well.

    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      January 15, 2019 at 2:51 pm The pomegranate is SO good! It seems like such a small addition, but I think it's totally necessary :)
  • Reply
    Traci
    January 5, 2019 at 7:25 pm Another gorgeous recipe knocked outta the park by you! What a fabulous concoction and beautiful alternative to a boring old chicken sandwich. Although I bet your chicken sandos are never boring :) I think I'm super crazy for these toppings too! I mean, hummus, pinenuts, and pomegranate...you are speaking all of my languages, girl! Thanks for this beauty!

    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      January 15, 2019 at 2:52 pm Thanks, Traci! Haha, you know, I've always taken pride in making stellar sammies. I had a job at a sub shop when I was 16, so I learned young.
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    Tracy
    January 5, 2019 at 11:12 am Girl I FEEL you. This year was actually the first year in 3 years I've stayed up past 10 pm! With two littles (which means I've been preggo or home with infants for the past few years) NYE is VERY different for me now and I'm over it. However, I DO love the new attitudes and outlooks the new year brings and your resolution to cook from cookbooks and not online - LOVE. What a GREAT idea. I have SO many cookbooks that I don't open much anymore - but I think I'm going to take inspiration from you - time to crack those open! And this is exactly the kind of recipe that I'm going to start making!

    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      January 15, 2019 at 2:54 pm I definitely milked my pregnancy as a reason to stay in, haha! And next year I'll milk the fact that I have a baby! And so on and so forth :P I'm glad you love the cookbook idea, and I'm so glad it's inspired you to do the same! I was just looking at my cookbook collection one day and I was like, "Why don't I ever use these for inspo?" I can't wait to see what you come up with.
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    Trish Bozeman
    January 4, 2019 at 1:30 pm You know, I haven't been able to stay up until midnight since Ellis was born 2 years ago!!! LOL! New Year's Eve in our house is spent the same way as you: in pajamas on the couch eating (more) junk and going to bed when we want. I'll take it. And man.... this sheet pan chicken! I'm addicted to those mini naans and am always looking for new things to eat with them. THIS IS PERFECT!

    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      January 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm A chill NYE is perfection in my mind! So glad you dig this recipe!
  • Reply
    Debra
    January 3, 2019 at 10:31 am You must have read my mind! I was just wishing I had a flavorful new chicken breast recipe to make THIS weekend. Love the sheetpan method when I have guests because of the simple clean up. YAY! Also, I was cleaning out the spice cabinet over the holidays and saw that I have SO MUCH Zaatar. This couldn't be any more perfect for me.

    • Reply
      Killing Thyme
      January 15, 2019 at 2:56 pm That's awesome! It's a sign. You were meant to make this ;)
  • Reply
    Gloria
    January 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm Glad you moved your rating back...it is a shame not to get 5 stars on your delicious recipes. This is a great variation to pizza. What a fun dinner for the weekend...especially with a glass of wine on movie night. You can't get this with takeout.

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