Sumac Onion Flatbread

Palestinian Musakhan Recipe

by Middle Eats
Sumac Onion Flatbread Palestinian Musakhan Recipe

Musakhan is on the menu in Book recipe, and we are going to teach you how to make this delicious recipe from scratch!

Here’s my recipe for Palestinian Musakhan, chicken with sumac confit onions served on flatbread.I’m Obi from Middle Eats and I’m on a mission to show you how to cook delicious food from across the Middle East. Give the video a like if you enjoyed it and if you want to request a Middle Eastern Recipe, please leave a comment below.

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Sumac Onion Flatbread Palestinian Musakhan Recipe
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Rating: 5.0/5
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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1 Large or Mediumchicken cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Pieces of Mastic or 4 small pieces
  • 5 Whole cardamoms pods
  • 1 Cinnamon stick broken into 2 pieces
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 Tsp Boharat or Allspice
  • 1/2 Tsp cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 Tsp salt
  • 1 Vegetable Stock cube (optional)

Onion mixture:

  • 6-8 medium onions
  • 350ml (12 fl oz) olive oil
  • 100g (3.5 oz) sumac
  • 1.5 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp pepper

You'll also need:

  • 4-6 Flatbreads
  • A handful of Pine nuts
  • A handful of Coriander


To make the stock:

  1. Chop an onion into large pieces
  2. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a heavy pot on medium heat
  3. Add your mastic and let it melt into the oil
  4. Add your whole spices and toast till fragrant
  5. Add your chopped onion and cook until it begins to sweat
  6. Add the Cumin and Boharat or All Spice and mix into the onions
  7. Place your chicken pieces into the pot skin side down and sear till they have browned slightly
  8. Boil your kettle and pour in enough water to cover your chicken
  9. When it boils skim off any floating scum and discard
  10. Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for half an hour

To make the onions:

  1. Dice 6-8 medium onions into medium cubes
  2. Add your olive oil to a pot and place on medium heat
  3. Add your chopped onions, salt and pepper then mix well
  4. Cover and leave to cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally until the onions have softened slightly
  5. Add in your sumac and mix thoroughly then cover and leave it to cook for another 20 minutes
  6. When the time is up your onions and olive oil should be a slight purple color

To assemble:

  1. Layer a couple of flatbreads on a baking tray or dish
  2. Add half a ladle of the chicken stock to each flatbread
  3. Spoon over some of the onion mixtures to coat each of the flatbreads and spread to an even layer
  4. Add another layer of flatbreads and repeat adding the stock and onions until you have used all your bread
  5. Finally, top the dish with your chicken pieces from earlier and spoon over some of the olive oil from your pot
  6. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and bake the dish for 10-15 minutes until golden brown
  7. Remove and decorate with some toasted pine nuts and some coriander
  8. Serve a flatbread and piece of chicken on each plate
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