Sometimes, my friend makes it in a wrap with shredded chicken instead and it reminds me of shawarma, it is so good! Today I will share with you the traditional musakhan recipe. Hope you like it too! I am sure if you try it, you will 🙂
2 whole hens or 1 large chicken cut into pieces
3 to 4 pita bread or Armenian Lavash
1/2 cup ground sumac
3-4 thinly sliced small red onions depending on size
1 teaspoon all spices
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 lime juice
4 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup olive oil to saute the onions
salt and pepper
Wash and pat dry the chicken.
In a large bowl, mix the chicken with the sumac, cinnamon, spices, lime juice, 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper. Make sure that the chicken is well covered with the spices and the olive oil. Set in the fridge to marinate for a couple of hours or at least 30 minutes.
In a skillet on a medium heat, warm the skillet well then add the 1/2 cup of olive oil.
Add the onions and saute until the onions are cooked and become soft and juicy.
It will take from 15 to 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Brush a baking dish with 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Add the chicken in the baking dish and bake for around 1 hour or until done.
Now, assemble it all together.
Line the bottom of a another baking dish with the bread.
This is very important step: Use some of the goodness of the juices in the chicken baking dish and brush the bread very well with it.
Add the onions on the op of each pita bread.
Add the chicken on the top of the onions.
Top the chicken with some onions as well.
Put it back in the oven for 15 minutes.
If you like, garnish with some pine nuts on the top. Enjoy!