Za'atar Grilled Chicken Wings with Fava Bean Feta Dip

 

I never cooked with za'atar before meeting my husband, who is Arabic. Clearly, I was missing out for many years. Za'atar is a blend of spices (with thyme being the main ingredient) and can be used in anything from meats to flatbreads or veggies. The flavor is unique and hard to describe, and since it is increasing in popularity, becoming easier to find in grocery stores. I wanted to make a dish that was Middle Eastern-influenced and really highlighted the za'atar. I also wanted to use the grill since the weather is finally beautiful out. This dish was inspired by Ottolenghi's Roast Chicken with Sumac, Za'atar, and Lemon from the Ottolenghi Cookbook. My husband proclaimed this dish "felt like something that would be served in a restaurant, at home." Hope you enjoy!

What you will need

1 tablespoon sumac

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 cup water

2 red onions, thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 tablespoons olive oil

Juice of 1 large lemon

24 pieces chicken wings, both drumsticks and wings

4 tablespoons za'atar

1 1/2 cups frozen fava beans (with shell, or 1/2 cup shelled)

1 cup labneh (can sub for full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream)

3 ounces feta (I used goat feta, can use normal feta also)

Juice of half of a lemon

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