Another popular dish from Palestine is “Musakhan,” a flavorful and aromatic chicken and sumac flatbread. It’s a traditional Palestinian dish that is often enjoyed during festive occasions. Here’s a concise recipe for Palestinian Musakhan:

Ingredients: For the chicken:

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs or drumsticks
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground sumac
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the bread:

  • 4 large flatbreads or pita breads
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For serving:

  • Chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, for garnish
  • Toasted pine nuts, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a bowl, combine the sliced onion, olive oil, lemon juice, ground sumac, ground cinnamon, ground allspice, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and toss to coat them evenly. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes, or refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until they are browned on both sides. Remove from heat.
  5. Place the flatbreads or pita breads on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the breads and spread it evenly using a brush or your hands.
  6. Arrange the partially cooked chicken pieces on top of the breads, covering them with the chicken and onion mixture.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the breads are crispy.
  8. Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro, and toasted pine nuts if desired.
  9. Serve Musakhan hot, cut into slices or wedges.

Musakhan is often enjoyed with a side of yogurt and a simple salad of fresh vegetables. It’s a delicious and satisfying dish that showcases the vibrant flavors of Palestinian cuisine.

Enjoy the flavors of Palestinian Musakhan!



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