So here is another great reason to follow the Mediterranean diet–to fight inflammation! I just stumbled upon this great ARTICLE
The jist of it is, a diet that is based on whole foods, including healthy fats like those contained in olive oil and nuts, can help fight inflammation from diebetes, cancer, and other diseases. With that premise, here is my M’Sakhan recipe in printed form. Since I created my food pilot making this dish (which you can see below) a lot of people wanted more detailed information on the recipe. So here we go.
M’Sakhan (baked chicken with caramelized onions and pine nuts)
There are some dishes that manage to be fancy and rustic at the same time, M’Sakhan is one of those dishes. This is a popular Arabic specialty literally meaning “something that is heated.” Watch the magic happen when you combine flavorful juicy chicken, caramelized onions, and pita bread coated with pan juices and earthy pine nuts. There are many steps to making M’Sakhan to ensure that cooking time for each component is perfect, but you won’t be disappointed with the final golden result of this dish. I found M’Sakhan is a real crowd pleaser at dinner parties, as well as a cozy meal in with the family on a rainy day. If you don’t have sumac on hand, you can substitute allspice, although sumac has a more delicate and tangy flavor.
Here is my step by step video series on how to prepare this dish:
- 1 large chicken cut in pieces (can substitute with at least 3 pounds of all chicken thighs or breasts with the bone in depending on preference)
- 2 Tbs. sumac, divided
- 2 Tbs. plus ¼ cup olive oil
- Juice of one lemon
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 large onions, sliced into thin slivers
- ½ cup pine nuts, toasted in 1 tbs olive oil until browned
- 1 1/2 packages of pita bread or flatbread rounds, cut in half