Musakhan (Chicken Dish)

Musakhan is a traditional palestinain dish … its simply chicken and onion wrapped in flatbread and baked .. some people use pitta that is split in half and others use what we call around here iranian bread which is similar to lavash bread … but traditionaly we use bread similar to naan but thinner and its baked in clay oven… The amount that im showing in this recipe is big .. its enough to feed more than 8 people … so u can half the recipe according to your own need …. and im simplifying it into a sandwich .. but its usually done but cutting the chicken into 4 peices and  wrapping each one with bread …it is soo delicious that every person who trys it wants the recipe ..  to make it u will need:

– 6 to 7 big onions (if u r using red like i am .. then u will need alot as there size is smaller u will understand what i mean when u see the entire recipe)

– 2 boiled chicken, Shredded

– chicken stock from the boiled chicken

– olive oil (cant say how much exactly but im going to explain it later)

–  4 tb sumac

– salt (to taste)

– Bread (as i mentioned before .. u can use which ever u like)

cut onions

As musakhan needs alot of onions and to prevent tears … what i usually do is with the slicing attachment in a food processor .. slice all the onions … u might need to make it in two batches if u r making the same amount as mentioned

add oil

 Now place all the onion in a pot .. and add about 2 cups of olive oil .. this might seem like alot .. but its wat gives the dish its taste and its all goin to be strained … accually u might need more then 2 cups .. what we r looking for is to boil and wilt down the onion  and not fry it .. so once u add the two cups .. wait a while and stir .. if u feel it needs more .. then add …


This is how it would look .. the oil will cover it till top even though its not even 1/4th of the pot … so u keep cooking until its translucent and wilted well … this will take about 15 mins …

strain onion

 Then u strain the onions .. and reserve the olive oil that we boiled it with .. as it contains alot of flavours … as you can see the oil is lesser than half the pot .. and it contains the onion liquids too ..

add salt and sumac

 After the onions are well strained .. place it in a bowl and add 2 tb sumac and salt (to taste) … then mix it well

add sumac to chicken

 Also add 2 tb sumac to the shredded chicken and mix it well … 

Mix everythin

 In a pot … add equal amounts or the chicken stock and the reserved olive oil .. so half oil and half stock … and set aside along with the onoins mixture and the chicken mixture ..  

dip bread in oil and stock mixture

 Now take a peice of bread … and dip it in the stock and oil mixture …

Spread onion

Lay the dipped bread on a tray .. then spread about 2 tb of the onoin mixture …  

add chicken

 And about 2 tb of the chicken mixture …


 And roll it all tightly ..

place in a baking sheet

 Then place it a baking tray .. and bake until golden from down and up … about 20 to 30 mins ..

bake and serve

And thats it … you got a traditional tasty dish … you might think it is heavy to eat .. but on the contrary .. its really tasty .. u must try it to know wat i mean ..

Enjoy 🙂 …


20 Comments Add yours

  1. Noor says:

    That is so funny I made this same dish tonight, lol. I left my camera at my in laws so I did not get to take any pictures boo. I make mine different then you do though. Yum, so good love it.

  2. limeandlemon says:

    Well there are many different recipes of making it and every family has its way .. but this is the way my family makes it … my grandma tought my mom and my mom tought me 😉 .. try it its really good .. cuz to be honest i tasted few from other people and it wasnt as good … take care and stay in touch noor .. 🙂

  3. This looks very interesting, and quite different to what we eat in Australia. Do you serve it with vegetables? or just as they are?

  4. Shelly W says:

    These look delicious! This is the first time I’ve visited your blog, and I really like it! I know I’ll be visiting frequently 🙂

  5. Abid says:

    New reader here. I have added you to my list of blogs to read…I am a student so I like the look of some of those simpler recipes 🙂

    Will try some soon!

  6. limeandlemon says:

    Hi beyondbluestocking .. well we usually eat it as it is .. as it contains alot of onion .. but u can serve it with a side of vegetables if u like … wen u try it let me know wat u think 🙂

  7. limeandlemon says:

    Hay shelly .. im glad u like it .. stay in touch 🙂

  8. limeandlemon says:

    thanx abid … let me know what u think wen u get to try any … stay in touch .. 🙂

  9. happygrub says:

    I’ve never had a Palestinian dish, this looks so interesting and delicious. And my Lebanese husband would definitely love this. Just curious, I’ve never dipped bread in stock before, how does this affect the final dish, is it soupy or moist? Or does it crisp up?

  10. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Happygrub … well u should only dip the bread for a sec .. we dont want the bread to soak alot of stock or it will break .. this keeps moisture inside .. but its crisp outside … if u dont do this step u will find the dish is too dry … and when u do .. its supposed to crisp up from the top and bottom … so its not supposed to be soupy or moist … it will crisp up as we added the reserved olive oil to the stock too … so this helps it to crisp up even better ..
    let me know wat u think of it when u get to try it … stay in touch 🙂

  11. Maris says:

    I love your step by step photos. Great recipe!

  12. Sarah says:

    That looks absolutely deliciously. I just may have to try that sometime, or at least something close to it. I’ve never baked anything inside flat bread before, and I bet it is wonderful. Thank you for sharing with such detailed pictures!

  13. limeandlemon says:

    Thanx Sarah .. its a really delicious dish .. let me know when u get to try it …. stay in touch .. 🙂 …

    Thanx Maris… stay in touch …

  14. Shawna says:

    Excellent blog, thanks for the comments on mine! Let me know how the Broccoli Cheese Soup turns out….this dish of yours looks delicious!!!

  15. Michele says:

    I have never used sumac, although I see it in many middle eastern recipes. what is the flavor?

  16. limeandlemon says:

    Hay Michele .. Well sumac is a sour or lemony tasting spice … its similar to using lemon but its like u r using it without it being liquid … i know u must be thinking of sour salt.. but that doesnt taste the same .. it has its own flavour too .. it adds a flavour to the dish … its dark purple in color .. usually sold in ground form … u should really try it … it tasts nice … and let me know what u think about it 🙂 … if u have any other questions i will gladly answer … stay in touch ..

  17. Mary Ann says:

    In need of sumac, I once searched for days to track down a small amount. Thanks for sharing this.

  18. limeandlemon says:

    U can look in specialty stores .. maybe middle eastern specialty stores??

  19. Mona says:

    Glad to find your blog. The recipe looks very interesting and new to me. Inshallah will be trying it out.

  20. limeandlemon says:

    Im glad you like it Mona … let me know when you get to try it … and stay in touch 🙂

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