Arabic Style Baked Chicken With Dried Plums and Herbs

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The Arabic cuisine is mainly a combination of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Indian food. It has been affected by the mingling of Arab and non-Arabs over the centuries.
Sumac is an essential ingredient and adds a tangy, lemony taste to the dishes. The dried plums are a popular cooking ingredient and impart a sweet and sour flavour. Serve the baked chicken breast with a side of couscous or steamed Basmati rice.

Arabic Style Baked Chicken With Dried Plums and Herbs

adapted from Eat Smarter
  • 400 g Chicken breast
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika powder
  • 1 tsp Sumac powder
  • 250 g Onion
  • 3-5 Cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 Organic lemon
  • 1/2 bunch Chives
  • 2 sprig Thyme
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 6 Dried plums
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 150 ml Chicken broth
  1. Rinse and dry the chicken breast. Season the chicken breast well with salt, pepper, sumac and paprika powder. Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least one hour.
  2. Peel, and cut the onion into wedges. Slice each tomato into 4 wedges. Rinse the lemon clean with hot water. Finely grate the lemon zest and squeeze the juice.
  3. Wash, dry the chives, thyme and parsley. Cut the chives into rings and finely chop the parsley and thyme leaves. Cut the dried plums into smaller pieces. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add in chicken breast and sear until golden on both sides. In a baking dish, add in tomatoes, onions wedges, thyme, chives, half of the parsley, dried plums, lemon juice, zest and chicken broth. Place the pan-seared chicken breast fillets on top. Season with salt, pepper and paprika powder. Cover the baking dish with a piece of aluminum foil.
  5. Bake the chicken in the middle of the hot oven for about 40 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil after 30 minutes and continue to roast the chicken until done. Sprinkle the rest of parsley over and serve. | © 2013 |


Nisa Homey 31/5/13 06:03

Good Lord, you are killing me with this Angie...loooove your pics.

Gina Stanley 31/5/13 06:25

How did you know I was hungry? Lol. Funny you used dried plums, I was going to try my hand at drying some this summer. Now I know what I can do with them. I think maybe that olive bread would go along nicely with this.

kitchen flavours 31/5/13 07:32

Wow, what a delicious meal! We love baked chicken and this sounds amazing with dried plums!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 31/5/13 08:30

Scrumptious and full of flavors!



Ana Regalado 31/5/13 08:44

Very appetizing and wholesome dish , Angie ! Full of delicious flavor and nutritious as well :)

OohLookBel 31/5/13 09:17

Gorgeous dish, and so healthy! Sumac adds a real zing to chicken, doesn't it?

Mary Moh 31/5/13 09:43

Lovely ingredients. Would make a great dinner for me and my family....mmmm

Unknown 31/5/13 10:54

This is a winner Angie, such a lovely combination of ingredients, to look at and to taste! Love sumac, it adds such a unique, delicious flavor!

Beena 31/5/13 11:03

Awesome dish . love it

Alicia Foodycat 31/5/13 11:24

Beautiful! I don't often cook chicken breasts but these look excellent.

Anonymous 31/5/13 11:26

Scrumity! Lovely combination of flavours.
Have a super weekend Angie.
:-) Mandy xo

Riceandcoconut 31/5/13 12:08

Healthy and flavorful chicken dish, I like you add dried plums on this recipe,Thanks for note about "sumac" i've never heard of it :)

Belinda 31/5/13 12:36

Delicious! Love that sour-tanginess of this!

Beth 31/5/13 13:59

That sounds like a wonderful way to prepare chicken.
Have a great weekend!

[Reply] 31/5/13 14:28

Wonderful Angie...a really delicious dish

Biren @ Roti n Rice 31/5/13 14:28

Looks delicious, Angie. I like the lemony taste of sumac.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 31/5/13 14:31

Such a gorgeous, healthy and I'm certain TASTY dish, Angie!

Carol 31/5/13 14:51

I love the combination of flavors, and I especially love fruit with chicken. Looks delicious.
Have a great weekend!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 31/5/13 15:08

I love all the herbs and the plums - I bet they are yummy. Who could pass on such a beautiful dish - love chicken breasts so easy to make, serve and eat! Have a great weekend!

Kari Lindsay 31/5/13 15:12

Love all the bright flavors paired with sweet rich plums, such a yummy dish Angie!

Unknown 31/5/13 15:31

That looks so scrummy, I never cook with sumac before and I'd love to try it. Have a great weekend!

grubarazzi 31/5/13 15:51

Awesome pictures! This looks so delicious.

Monica 31/5/13 16:56

I love learning about different spices. Sumac sounds very good. I love this kind of dish - healthy, light, great for the very warm weather right now!

Pam 31/5/13 17:30

It looks healthy and delicious.

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 31/5/13 17:45

I love this gorgeous, easy and summery chicken dish, Angie! It's so colorful and looks delicious!

Sokehah cheah 31/5/13 17:48

This is interesting. Mmm...looks finger licking good!

Gloria Baker 31/5/13 18:40

Look delicious! que rico Angie!! look amazing!xo

Geni 31/5/13 19:20

Looks so simple but fresh and full of flavorful ingredients to infuse the chicken. Lovely.

Evelyne CulturEatz 31/5/13 20:16

A great chicken and I love it served on the salad. Ah sumac, it has been a while since I had some. I like the taste.

Finla 31/5/13 20:21

Love chicken made like this and this is so yummy looking.

Anonymous 31/5/13 20:59

I've just marinade my chicken breast this way Angie
what a coinsidence,
i think i'm in love with sumac too!

Alida 31/5/13 22:01

Wow! You have inspired me today! I am getting bored of eating the same food and something a little more exotic like this would do for me now. Bookmarking to try soon!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 31/5/13 22:10

I would love to try sumac in a recipe. I've read so much about it. This chicken dish sounds packed with wonderful and healthy flavors!

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker 31/5/13 22:43

That sounds delicious! I'm always looking for new ways to make chicken and this is a winner. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us Angie. Happy Friday! :)

Barbara 1/6/13 00:57

I like serving chicken that's been roasted on top of something....sometimes as simple as a stuffing, sometimes a fruit mixture. Great idea to bake it over all the herbs. Bet it smelled wonderful while baking!

Rosita Vargas 1/6/13 01:18

Muy rico y exótico me encanta esta versión aromátizada con hierbas,hugs.

Veronica's Kitchen 1/6/13 01:43

That's look colourful and healthy! That's the kind of dish I would love to have over and over again!

Unknown 1/6/13 04:07

Super yummy Baked Chicken...this looks tender and juicy too...

This Life Of Bliss 1/6/13 04:51

Angie, this looks amazing! And I love exotic recipes (Arabic, dried plums?!). This looks like it would melt in your mouth.

Unknown 1/6/13 06:45

Dried plums sound so intriguing. I have never tried Arabic food before but seeing as its a combination of Mediterranean and Indian I certainly want to!

Unknown 1/6/13 07:14

Delicious and flavorful baked chicken! Tempting clicks! :)

Catherine 1/6/13 07:20

Dear Angie, This chicken dish is delicious looking and very healthy. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

Unknown 1/6/13 08:18

Looks likes delicious and healthy dish - perfect for summer.

Kathy 1/6/13 13:41

A delicious looking meal with beautiful photos, Angie! I love sumac…a very interesting spice.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 1/6/13 14:08

Beautiful dish and so healthy too. I love dried plums, which amazingly used to be called prunes. Have a lovely weekend Angie.

Unknown 1/6/13 14:39

I love the multiple flavours on this chicken and it looks divine on that bed of salad! Thanks for introducing new ingredients to me, this is the first time I have come across Sumac powder.

My Kitchen Stories. 1/6/13 16:01

Angie this is an unusual one for you. It looks completely delicious to say the least

Sutapa 1/6/13 16:20

wooow...Angie drool worthy pics and a killer recipe....

Blackswan 1/6/13 18:00

I'm sure the Mediterranean spices give your chicken recipe a real pampering treat. Awesome recipe, Angie!

Unknown 1/6/13 22:20

Wow! What a delicious and healthy looking dish... I love all the fresh flavours and Sumac is so good with chicken. YUM!

The Squishy Monster 1/6/13 23:24

YUM! I do love a nicely spiced chicken!

Unknown 2/6/13 02:08

We eat so much chicken-so I love getting new ideas for dinner-thanks this one looks so delicious;-)

Jennifer Kendall 2/6/13 04:53

such a fresh and vibrant chicken dish!! sounds AMAZING!!

Elisabeth 2/6/13 13:20

Wow, Angie...that's a new one, CHICKEN! Absolutely creative, tasty, and totally delicious. Had to stop by and say 'hi'-bye'...on my way out!

Love from Scratch 2/6/13 16:49

This seriously looks amazing, I need to try this recipe. I am Gre always looking for new variations for chicken. Great work!

Helene Dsouza 2/6/13 16:49

Arabic cuisine is one of the best in the world, no doubt. I would love to try your baked chicken sometimes, it looks divine Angie.

Cathleen 2/6/13 18:09

Oh, yum! I just bought a whole lot of chicken breasts, and didn't know what to do with them. Now I do, this looks great!!

Blog do Chocolate 2/6/13 23:59

Dear Angie,

My apetite is on now looking to your chicken !
So delicious !
Lovely photos !

Have a nice evening :)

Velva 3/6/13 01:31

I absolutely love the flavors of Arabic cooking- Simple but complex.



Paula @ Vintage Kitchen 3/6/13 02:51

Mmm.. so spicy and healthy, just the thing to make for myself! And perfect to use the sumac too.

MunatyCooking 3/6/13 05:39

Pinned it and tweeted it, it is healthy simple and I know a juicy and tender chicken breast when I see one, will try it :)

motherrimmy 3/6/13 06:12

I can't say I've seen sumac at my favorite herb store. I'll have to hunt it down. I'm curious now. I love how fresh this dish looks!

Amy 3/6/13 07:12

THis is such a gorgeous dish, it's easy enjoy for week night supper and look fancy enough even with guests. :)

tigerfish 3/6/13 11:01

Even if it is chicken breast, it must be so flavorful with the herbs, spices and vegetables you are using.

Stephanie @ henry happened 3/6/13 12:26

I love chicken with fruit, but I never had it with plums! This sounds delish!

Unknown 3/6/13 21:30

I LOVE this recipe. So flavorful and healthy. Well done.

GG 3/6/13 22:14

Great looking chicken, I bet the plums and sumac make it really tasty. Lovely pictures. GG

Anonymous 4/6/13 00:03

Sounds wonderful Angie. Perfect for these summer evenings. I have not had sumac but, just seen it in another recipe, I'm going to have to find it soon :)

Abbe@This is How I Cook 4/6/13 00:43

Angie, I love dried plums. And the sumac must pair so well with this. I can't wait to give this one a try. I'm almost believing you posted this just for me!

Jeanette 4/6/13 02:08

I'm curious about the dried plums Angie - are they like dried prunes? I love learning about different ethnic cuisines - thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

Priscilla | ShesCookin 4/6/13 02:42

I've been favoring Middle Eastern/Moroccan spices for awhile and sumac is one of the spices that taste so exotic - I'm intrigued by the dried plums and will be trying this soon :) Beautiful, Angie!

Priscilla | ShesCookin 4/6/13 02:43

Looks difficult, but isn't!? Hmm, I'll get back to you on that one when I make it - this is the perfect dish to really impress your guests (if indeed it's as easy as you say it is) because it's elegant and looks stunning! I think the photos look fabulous - sometimes we imagine things that we've lost to be better than they were - not minimizing your loss (what a nightmare!) but you know what I mean :)

Reeni 4/6/13 04:13

Mouth-watering chicken Angie! I love how you spiced it up with the sumac and plums! Sweet and savory goodness.

Angie's Recipes 4/6/13 05:21

@JeanetteI do think so. Prunes are a distinct type of plums.

Kiran @ 4/6/13 07:28

The overall dish, photos and flavors is so tempting!!!

grace 4/6/13 10:10

prunes with chicken? how interesting! i'm sure the prunes plump up a little, just enough to send a burst of flavor into your mouth as you eat them. very nice!

Unknown 4/6/13 14:40

The chicken looks incredibly good.... I love the bed of greens it bakes on too!!

lena 4/6/13 18:05

how can one not getting hungry looking at these?

Soni 4/6/13 19:55

Oh I love this recipe!Never tried Sumac before but will look for it now!I love the herbs and fruit with the Chicken and it look like a great family meal!

Unknown 4/6/13 20:37

Oh this looks so wonderful, dried plums and chicken never tried combination would love too, hey look so inviting!

Karen (Back Road Journal) 4/6/13 22:35

This chicken dish sounds wonderful, Angie. I have to remember to bring sumac up the the cottage in Maine when I restock my pantry.

Nancy 5/6/13 00:07

I love Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Indian foods, the flavours are wonderful This is a great dish that my husband and I would both enjoy. Thanks for sharing Angie!

The Duo Dishes 5/6/13 05:13

The mix of sweet and savory has always been a favorite. There is a great Lebanese restaurant here that gives you packages of sumac for to go orders. Love it on chicken or fish!

Eva Taylor 5/6/13 18:37

I really love the combination of savoury and sweet from the middle east, it really hits my taste buds well.

easyfoodsmith 7/6/13 11:23

OMG! The chicken looks absolutely delicious and tempting. Love the Arabic flavours.

Terra 9/6/13 23:56

I love the fresh flavors included in this dish! It is perfect with all the lovely variety of veggies at our local produce markets:-) Yum, Hugs, Terra

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 10/6/13 23:06

What a gorgeous meal and so simple too - I appreciate that. Gotta get me some sumac! ;0)

mjskit 13/6/13 05:46

What a healthy and delicious chicken dish!

My Inner Chick 21/6/13 05:33

can I come to your house for dinner, please?!

Unknown 25/6/13 03:10

What a delicious and heathy looking dish! I will have to try to make it for the family :)

suituapui 25/6/13 15:46

Arabian, eh? It looks really good. Love the fact that it's baked - healthy and nicer but of course, the latter would depend on the marinades.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Yasmeen 26/6/13 12:46

Great share, Angie. Being Arab myself, I adore sumac on chicken and love that you've used it here!

Catherine 30/12/13 17:55

Dear Angie, I wish I had that for dinner tonight. It is a perfect meal!
Wishing you a Happy and very Blessed New Year!!
Catherine xo

Catherine 12/5/14 21:15

Dear Angie, This looks so fresh and healthy and very delicious! Blessings, Catherine xo

Catherine 16/7/14 21:43

Dear Angie, Looks delicious and healthy. A lovely meal to enjoy. Blessings, Catherine


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