Arabic Chicken With Lemon & Thyme

Total Time
2hrs 25mins
Prep 1 hr 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

Our favorite recipe from our favorite Syrian-Lebanese cookbook, "Foods from Biblical Lands."The actual name is Djaj ma' limoon wa za' tar, but the kids call it "Arabic Chicken" and ask for it frequently. Save the leftover cooking juices to put over rice, potatoes, etc. (Actually, we use the marinade on potatoes, zukes, green beans..whatever we have and can throw in the oven). It's one of my standard potluck dishes and always gets raves (I use smaller chunks of chicken when cooking and then layer it over a 9x13 pan of rice pilaf for an easy self-serve dish). Also works to use packages of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (be careful not to overcook!). I've even been pressed for time and not broiled it and liked it just as much, or used it as marinade for grilled chicken...hard to mess this one up!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix all ingredients (but chicken) for marinade.
  2. Marinade chicken at least an hour (up to overnight).
  3. Place chicken in baking dish.
  4. Bake 1 hr at 350, then broil 15 min or until golden brown.
Most Helpful

Made for I Recommend Tag. This was excellent. We loved the combination of lemon and thyme with the chicken. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs (that's our favorite) and as one other reviewer suggested, added more garlic (we love garlic). Thanks for posing this!

LARavenscroft June 13, 2009

This is a good basic chicken marinade! I used boneless skinless breasts, marinated for about 7 hours, then grilled and the chicken came out very moist. The thyme and lemon paired well together but I think I'll use more garlic next time. Thanks for posting your recipe!

loof May 24, 2009

The day I made this I had a cold and couldn't taste anything, but everyone thought it was great! I used 8 split chicken breasts and halved the marinade recipe. I then baked them on a cookie sheet for 45 minutes then broiled them on lo for 10 minutes. It tasted even better the next day on sandwiches with mayo and provolone cheese. Will definately make again!

Dixie Vader May 14, 2009