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Butterflied and Grilled Za'atar Chicken - Grilled chicken on a cutting board with citrus.

Butterflied and Grilled Za'atar Chicken with a Citrus-Pomegranate Glaze

Tamara Andersen
A butterflies chicken gets rubbed down with an exotic za'atar and sumac rub, seared on the grill, and brushed with a simple citrus-pomegranate glaze until it's perfectly cooked!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 6
Calories 328 kcal


  • 1 whole chicken spatchocked (butterflied)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons sumac
  • 2 tablespoons za'atar
  • zest of 2 citrus (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • several grinds pepper


To Finish

  • fresh mint or cilantro
  • sliced citrus


  • Preheat grill to 400 degrees. Combine the ingredients for the rub. Butterfly the chicken (Please!) Apply the rub (it's more of a paste) all over the bird.
  • Grill breast side down at 5:30 400 degrees for 10 minutes until you have nice sear marks. Turn chicken over, and reduce heat to about 300 degrees. Lower the lid.
  • Whisk together the glaze ingredients. Brush periodically with the glaze. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • Carefully remove to a platter. Tent with foil, and cover with a towel. Allow the chicken to rest 10 minutes. 
  • Carve and garnish as desired with citrus and herbs. Enjoy!


I used a Meyer lemon and a blood orange. I zested both, then juiced them for the glaze. Lemons and oranges work great, and I feel confident that grapefruit would as well. Lime might be risky...
My small-ish chicken cooked in about 45 minutes. I TOTALLY rely on a meat thermometer!
Macronutrients (approximation from MyFitnessPal.com): 328 calories; 31 g protein; 16 g carbohydrates; 15 g fat. Keep in mind: The macros totally depend on which part of the chicken you eat, and how big the chicken is.


Calories: 328kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 31gFat: 15g
Keyword butterflied chicken, grilled butterflied chicken, Middle Eastern grilled chicken, za'atar chicken
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