Grilled Za'atar Chicken with Cucumber-Watermelon Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 small skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons za'atar spice blend, plus more for topping

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons pine nuts

4 Persian cucumbers

2 cups diced watermelon

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup torn fresh mint or cilantro

1/3 cup hummus

1/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Rub all over with the za'atar and 1 tablespoon olive oil; set aside.
  2. Toast the pine nuts in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring, until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and remove to a small bowl.
  3. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the chicken and cook until browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Flip, reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through, 8 to 10 more minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest.
  4. Meanwhile, halve the cucumbers lengthwise and slice 1/2 inch thick. Combine in a large bowl with the watermelon, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the lemon juice and mint; season with salt and pepper and toss.
  5. Stir the hummus and yogurt in a small bowl; spoon onto plates. Slice the chicken and place on top of the hummus. Drain off any excess liquid from the cucumber-watermelon salad and add to the plates. Sprinkle with the pine nuts and more za'atar.
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