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Oven Roasted Middle Eastern Chicken Breasts sliced on a wooden chopping board
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Oven Roasted Middle Eastern Chicken Breasts

These Oven Roasted Middle Eastern Chicken Breasts packs a flavor punch like you will not believe. Marinated in a punchy concoction of seasonings like paprika, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon and then oven roasted to perfection, these chicken breasts hold in all of their moisture and make a great addition to a salad, wrap or on top of a bed of rice. Perfect for meal prepping and packing lunches for the week ahead.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 217kcal


  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 1 onion sliced into wedges


  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the spices, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Add in the chicken and onions and give everything a good mix, making sure the chicken is well coated.
  • If you have time to leave the chicken to marinade then awesome, do that. I never do so I always cook it straight away and it is still fantastic.
  • Add everything to a baking dish and pop into the preheated oven for 40-45 mins, or until the chicken is brown and crispy on the edges.
  • Once cooked, remove the chicken from the oven and allow to rest for about 5 mins before cutting it into slices.


Need ideas for how to serve it?
  • Pair it with some store bought tabbouleh. Trader Joe's has a great cauliflower version I am quite partial to;
  • Serve it for lunch in a wrap (or a nice pita if you can find a good one) with some baby spinach leaves or arugula, some sliced tomatoes and a smear of hummus;
  • Plate it up plain with some steamed brown rice and a quick garlic yogurt sauce;
  • Avoiding carbs? Wrap it in a lettuce leaf and go to town;
  • Thinly sliced on a homemade pizza.


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.5mg