In Palestine and Jordan, musakhan is a favorite dish. The dish is simple to make, and the ingredients needed are easily obtainable, thus assuring the dish’s popularity. Another reason Musakhan retains its popularity is due to the wide imports and productivity of the ingredients used in the dish. The ingredients used, such as olive oil and sumac are widely grown and produced near by. The ingredients are also used in other Arabian dishes.

Musakhan is a dish that one typically eats with one’s hands. It is usually presented with the chicken on top of the loaf, and could be served with soup. The term ‘musakhan’ literally means “something that is heated.”

4-6 chicken breast, boneless and skinless
1/2 tablespoon sumac
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
juice of 1 lemon
1 onion, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons water
2 large pita breads

1. In a 8×8 inch pan add juice of 1 lemon, sumac, cinnamon, salt, pepper. Add chicken breast, cover and marinate in refrigerator for at least two hours.

2. In a small pan on medium heat add olive oil and onions. Allow to cook until tender. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a roasting pan add water. Place chicken into pan, cover chicken with onions and remaining mixture from chicken pan. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.

3. On a baking sheet place pita bread side by side. Sit chicken on top with onion and pour some chicken stock all over pitas. Place into oven until pita is warm and crispy.

Yields: 4-6 servings

3 Responses to Musakhan

  • Anonymous says:

    Cinnamon and Sumac? Hmmm, never tried those 2 together that’s for sure. Seems pretty simple to make and I love chicken and pita bread, I can probably live off of that.


  • Noor says:

    Yes, they compliment one another very well. I know you would love it we were digging in.

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