What is Mussakhan...? It is sumac coated chicken and onions that are caramelised and seasoned with pepper, salt, sumac and olive oil and eaten on Persian flat bread. It sis a Palestinian dish. I learnt this from my auntie Lamia. She is amazing. This is her speciality. Every time she comes to visit us, the day before she leaves she makes this for us. And it is just sooooo good. But not good for your flatulence if i have to be honest so be weary... :)
I made my mussakhan very on the spur of the moment, as it just came to me last minute. My mum usually marinates her chicken for a whole day before she cooks it, but i didn't have the time and I was CRAVING this. It has such a villagy feel to it and it literally is a poor mans dish, as the bread is quite filling and so are the onions.
I was just reading that in Ramallah, a place in Palestine, they have just submitted the largest Mussakhan and it has been accepted in the Guinness Book of Records. It is more than 4 Meters long and weighs more than 1,350 kilos. WOW! I would love to have a bite of that....
1 whole chicken
70g- 100g good quality sumac
4 onions, sliced
- Marinate the chicken with the 1/2 the sumac, lemon and season with salt and pepper.
- Slice your onions and cook them with olive oil, remaining sumac, salt and pepper, till they have just started taking a colour.
- Cook your chicken in the oven till it is ready.
- Slather it over the bread and then wrap it and place it back in the oven till it has warmed through again and then serve.
Its sweet and succulent. The sumac really is the star of the show.