Za’atar Chicken with Chickpeas, Artichokes and Spinach

This Za’atar Chicken with Chickpeas, Artichokes and Spinach makes a flavorful, Middle-Eastern inspired one dish meal. Serve it with cooked organic white rice for a full and satiating meal.


Za'atar Chicken Gluten Free


I’ve been wanting to get back to my roots with my cooking, but my 4-year-old wants to keep me in raw vegetable, watermelon and deli turkey land. It’s interesting to see how my 1-year-old gobbled up this meal and ended it with turmeric and Za’atar Chicken stained fingers and cheeks. My 4-year-old is in the “I can’t believe you would mix two foods together in the same cooking vessel” stage, so she did not partake. But the three of us who did, LOVED it!


If you’ve never tried Lebanese or Middle Eastern food, I highly recommend you go Yelp for a local restaurant now. Middle Eastern cooking is no stranger to flavor and utilizes lots of earthy spices, fresh herbs and bright acids like lemons and tomatoes.


This Za’atar Chicken with Chickpeas, Artichokes and Spinach is: 

  • Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Nightshade-Free and Egg-Free

  • Made in one skillet for easy clean up for weeknight meals

  • Is budget friendly with the use of chicken thighs, canned chickpeas, canned artichokes and pantry staples

  • Comes together in 30 minutes or less!


I find preparing it a few hours before serving (and then reheating it prior to serving) allows the flavors to marry and develop. AKA It makes great leftovers!


Za'atar Chicken Gluten Free


Za’atar seasoning is a popular Lebanese seasoning blend made with sesame seeds, sumac, thyme and sometimes salt and other spices like coriander. It’s heavy on the thyme and sumac which provides a bright lemon-y flavor to any dish. Premade Za’atar seasoning can be found in many grocery store spice aisles, or you can make your own at home.


What other ways can I use Za’atar spice blend? 

  • Top salads and soups before serving

  • Sprinkle on hummus

  • In sandwiches or lettuce wraps

  • On top of pizza

  • As a rub for roasts, ribs, and chicken


Because this is a one-dish meal that requires very minimal chopping,  you can add it to your weeknight meal plans! I would say it’s a bit more for adventurous eaters with a rich, tangy sauce and herb-y cilantro finish. If you’ve been craving Lebanese take out from home, this should hit the spot! You could even serve it with a side of hummus, pita bread (I like the Siete Tortillas toasted for crispy pita bread for scooping) and a tabouleh salad.


The only cookware you’ll need for this recipe is a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet. I prefer cast-iron for browning and not burning the spices for this recipe. Here is the 10-inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet I use daily!


Ingredients in Gluten-Free Za’atar Chicken:

  • Chicken Thighs

  • Canned Chickpeas

  • Canned Artichokes

  • Salted Ghee (butter can be subbed)

  • Za’atar

  • Sumac, Oregano, Turmeric, Cumin

  • Salt and Pepper

  • Spinach

  • Coconut Milk

  • Lemon Juice

  • Cilantro and rice, for serving

Za'atar Chicken Gluten Free


If you’re looking for some more healthy Middle Eastern inspired recipes, check out these from the blog:

Five Spice Skillet with Fennel and Currants

Crispy Lebanese Chicken

Roast Chicken with Lebanese Beef and Parsnip Rice Stuffing

Chicken and Rice Meatballs


Lebanese Za'atar Chicken Chickpeas Artichokes

Creamy Smothered Beef & Artichokes (Paleo, AIP, Whole30)

I think I need to do a G&E Instant Pot recipe round-up sometime soon! For those of you without one, you may be a getting a little tired of my obsession, but I promise you every Instant Pot owner becomes a die hard. We can’t go a day or two without our fix.



creamy smothered beef artichokes



This week I used mine to make the Maple Tamarind Ribs from the blog and this Creamy Smothered Beef & Artichokes. With a baby coming soon, I’ve been trying to cut back on our grocery bill even more while still maintaining the nutritional principles of the autoimmune protocol. The Instant Pot has helped me save so much money because it turns less than exciting cuts of beef into something special and really infuses the meat with the flavors and seasonings you add. 


Even though I’ve healed my histamine intolerance dramatically, I still cannot tolerate spinach, but I keep seeing all these yummy Paleo recipes for Spinach Artichoke Dip! I made a batch of the Avocado Mayo from The Healing Kitchen this week to serve with cast iron sweet potato fries (ooooh!!). I forgot how yummy that mayo is and so nutrient dense too! And it takes 5 minutes or less to make!


So with my leftover mayo and no more fries, I decided let’s do something wild and combine it with the ground beef in my fridge and the artichokes in my freezer and see what kind of magic we can make happen. Creamy, flavorful, ridiculously easy, satiating, and a wonderful excuse to make some mashed cauliflower or white sweet potatoes! I buy frozen artichoke hearts from Trader Joe’s. I will warn you those still contain citric acid, but many people seem to tolerate it just fine occasionally, and I don’t personally avoid it. You may be able to find frozen artichoke hearts without citric acid from another brand. I have not made this recipe with canned artichoke hearts, but definitely give them a good rinse and drain before adding to the recipe if using. Marinated artichoke hearts would probably be even more tasty!


Creamy, flavorful & ridiculously easy meal that everyone will love!


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Smothered Beef & Artichokes

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:12 Serves 3 to 4


  • 1 tablespoon cooking fat of choice
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 pound grassfed ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon dried dill (to your own taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 12-ounce bag frozen artichoke hearts
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teapsoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Avocado Mayo from The Healing Kitchen


  1. Set your Instant Pot to the sautee function. Heat your cooking fat in the pot. Add the yellow onion and cook for 5 minutes until lightly browned.pan>

  2. Add ground beef and seasonings to the pot, breaking up the ground beef with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Cook until lightly browned for 2 to 3 minutes.pan>

  3. Add artichokes and water to the pot and set the pressure cooking function to a Manual timer of 7 minutes. Seal the lid. Once timer is up, release the vent.pan>

  4. Let cool 5 minutes. Drain out any water at the bottom of the pot. Now stir in the apple cider vinegar and Avocado Mayo, breaking up the artichoke hearts into smaller pieces as you stir. Serve warm with mashed cauliflower or white sweet potatoes.pan>