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Za’atar Chicken Bowl

From GP’s new cookbook, The Clean Plate: “This bowl combines some of my favorite things from Middle Eastern cuisine: grilled meat on a stick, tons of herbs and citrus, and a creamy, savory sauce to tie it all together. What more is there to say?”

Serves 2

For The Tahini Dressing:

¼ cup tahini

¼ cup water

2 cloves garlic, grated

juice of ½ lemon

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 small shallots, minced

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For The Chicken:

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch cubes

¼ red onion, cut into 2-inch cubes

1 tablespoon za’atar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

For The Cauliflower Rice Pilaf:

½ head cauliflower, grated or riced

1 tablespoon olive oil

½ cup finely chopped black kale leaves (about 4 large leaves)

¼ cup minced fresh parsley

¼ cup minced fresh cilantro

¼ cup minced fresh chives

zest of 1 lemon

olive oil

kosher salt

1. First, make the tahini dressing. In a small bowl, whisk the tahini briefly to loosen it. While whisking continuously, slowly stream in the water; the mixture might seize up and be quite thick, but keep whisking and adding the water until it smooths out (it’ll take a minute). Once it has smoothed out and become bit looser, whisk in the garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, shallots, and salt until combined. Cover and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

2. To make the chicken, in a medium bowl, combine the chicken, onion, za’atar, salt, and olive oil. Skewer the chicken and onion pieces, alternating them. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Brush the pan with a little olive oil, add the skewers, and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through and the onion is browned.

3. Meanwhile, make the cauliflower rice pilaf. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add riced cauliflower, and sauté for a few minutes, until just tender. Then add the kale and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes, until slightly softened. Add the parsley, cilantro, chives, and lemon zest and cook for 1 minute more. Remove from the heat. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and some flaky salt. Serve the skewers with the cauliflower rice pilaf and the dressing.

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