Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Musakhan (Palestinian Bread with Chicken & Sumac)

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Musakhan is a traditional Palestinian country dish of chicken flavored with sumac and other aromatic spices served on taboon bread. It is also very popular in Jordan where there is a very large Palestinian population.Taboon is a type of flatbread that is baked in a taboon, an outdoor oven made of mud-brick and clay.But as this bread is not commonly available you may also substitute lavash or regular pita bread.

4 servings, as a meal

8 servings, as a snack


3 tbsp. olive oil

3-4 onions, chopped

1 lb. boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces

2tsp. ground sumac

1 tsp. ground cinammon

1/2 tsp. ground cardamom

juice of 1 lime

salt and pepper

2 oz. pine nuts (optional)

4 pita pockets

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Heat oil in a pan and stir in onions and cook until transluscent.

  3. Add chicken and sumac.Cook for a few minutes to sear the chicken, then reduce the heat and stir in the spices and lime juice.Cook for about 10 minutes until chicken is tender.

  4. Arrange chicken evenly on top of pita bread.Sprinkle with pine nuts, if using . Put pita on top of baking sheet and pop them in the oven for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove from oven and serve immediately.Can be accompanied with strained yougurt spooned on top.
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1 comment:

  1. Back home we used to make it with "khubez Irani"(Iranian flat bread) which is baked against the walls of super hot large tannours. I've found that the closest bread to use is naan. I go to my local Indian take out where they make it fresh against the walls of a tandoor oven and ask them to make mine thinner than the naan they make. It's perfectly delicious.