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Welcome to Thyme To, a Lebanese cooking blog featuring recipes that are easy to produce and enjoy. Cynthia has a passion for growing her own vegetables, providing amazing food and hospitality, and bringing different flavors and spices into her Lebanese and Armenian dishes. 

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Zaatar Avocado Chicken Breast

Zaatar Avocado Chicken Breast

The Latest Meditterannean craze, ZAATAR. I am seeing it on every menu, every restaurant that we visit. It is heartwarming to see and introduce newcomers to what we Lebanese, have used for a long time. This spice is used as a daily breakfast condiment. The most popular breakfast item in Lebanon is the zaatar bread called Manaesh; where a very generous amount of this spice is mixed with olive oil and spread on a round piece of dough and inserted into a wood burning oven for a few minutes and rolled into a taco and served. Manaesh is a  breakfast item purchased on every corner in Lebanon and eaten on the go. Many people love it filled with a few slices of tomatoes, olives, cucumbers and fresh mint. Another version is with half melted cheese. I can go on and on about the varieties . The Lebanese people  believe that Zaatar, a mixture of thyme, sumac and sesame seeds gives strength and clears the mind.

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When we were growing up in Beirut, the teachers would tell us in class "what happened today, did you guys eat zaatar or not?"

 

RECIPE

 2 whole boneless skinless chicken breast split in half lengthwise

1 avocado cubed

1/ 2 cup sundried tomatoes in oil 

¾ cup bread crumbs

4 tablespoons of zaatar

Salt and pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

Toothpicks to secure the chicken

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Cube the avocado and mix with the sundried tomatoes and set aside.

Pound the chicken breast slices to make them a bit thinner.

Mix the bread crumbs with the zaatar and set aside.

Dip each chicken breast into the bread crumb mixture on one side only and set on a foil.

Fill one half of each breast slice breast with the avocado/sundried tomato mixture. Top with the other half and secure with toothpicks. Redip the breast in the bread crumb mixture and set aside. Repeat with all the slices.

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Heat the oven to 350 F

Heat the olive oil in an oven proof skillet , add the chicken breast and saute until well browned about 4 minutes per side.

Cover the skillet with foil and put in oven and cook for about 30 minutes.

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Remove from oven and Serve with a side of vegetables. Enjoy!

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Thyme to.... Travel! Morocco here we come

Thyme to.... Travel! Morocco here we come