Brick-Style Chicken with Za’atar Infused Basil Pesto and Pickles

  • Preparation time
    40 min
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Number of servings
  • Half-Chicken, raw -- 2 each
  • Za’atar spice -- 1 tsp.
  • Kosher Salt -- to taste
  • Black cracked pepper -- to taste
  • Olive oil -- 2 Tbsp.
  • Minor‘s® GreenLeaf™ Basil Pesto Gluten Free -- 1 cup
  • Za’atar spice -- 1 tsp.
  • Lemon zest -- 1 each
  • Garlic, minced -- 1 Tbsp.
  • 1
    On a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper and a roasting rack, place chicken skin side up. Pat chicken dry with paper towel to dry excess moisture. Place chicken into the refrigerator and allow to air dry uncovered for 24-48 hours.
  • 2
    Pre-heat oven to 375F. Pre-heat a cast iron skillet over medium low flame for 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Rub chicken with olive oil and place skin side down and place an aluminum foil wrapped weight on top to flatten out the chicken as it cooks. Once the skin is caramelized and golden brown flip and sear on the other side until golden brown. The whole searing process should take about 12-15 minutes.
  • 4
    Transfer chicken to a half sheet pan line with parchment paper and a roasting rack. Finish in the oven until internal temperature reaches 165F. Carefully remove chicken from the oven, cover in aluminum and allow to rest for 5 minutes to rest before carving.
  • 5
    While the chicken rests, in a small stainless steel bowl, add pesto, spice, salt, lemon, and garlic; mix well.
  • 6
    Garnish sliced chicken with the basil pesto.
Serving Suggestions/Variations

Serve with roasted turnips and pickled red radishes.