Zaatar Chicken With Cauliflower and Chickpeas


1 whole chicken (note: you can also use a cut-up chicken) 

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets

1 lemon, cut into slices

4 garlic cloves, left whole with skin on

2 1/2 Tbsp zaatar

salt and pepper

pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

Eliad extra virgin olive oil

1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Cut whole chicken down the middle of breasts and flatten slightly. Place on top of foil lined sheet pan.

Cover chicken with 1 1/2 Tbsp zaatar, making sure to cover skin, under skin and the underneath side. Places 2-3 slices of lemon underneath chicken skin. If you don’t feel comfortable placing lemon inside the chicken skin, just place on top. Place remaining lemon and 1 garlic clove underneath chicken.

Spread cauliflower all over the sheet pan and top with remaining 1 Tbsp zaatar and garlic cloves. Drizzle the chicken and cauliflower with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss/rub to coat completely.

Roast in pre-heated oven for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and turn cauliflower, which will have shrunk in size slightly. Move cauliflower over to make room for chickpeas.

Spread chickpeas on pan and drizzle with a touch more olive oil, and pinch of salt and red pepper flakes if desired.

Place back into oven for another 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is crispy and golden and the cauliflower is caramelized to your liking. Serve immediately.