Pressure Cooker Za’atar Chicken with Lemony Rice

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Rated 5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
Pressure Cooker Za’atar Chicken with Lemony Rice
Pressure Cooker Za’atar Chicken with Lemony Rice


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons za’atar mix
  • 1 tablespoon ground sumac
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock, divided
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1½ cups white rice, rinsed until water runs clear
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley


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  1. Season chicken with za’atar, sumac, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in pressure cooker set to Sauté on Normal.
  3. Working in batches, sear chicken in hot oil until lightly browned, about 5 minutes per batch. Remove browned chicken to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  4. Pour ¼ cup chicken stock into the cooker to deglaze the pan, scraping browned bits of food off the bottom of the pan with a flat-edged utensil.
  5. Stir onion and garlic with the stock; cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  6. Pour remaining chicken stock into the pan; add rinsed rice and lemon juice. Spoon chicken over the rice mixture.
  7. Press Cancel on pressure cooker.
  8. Lock pressure cooker lid in place. Set steam vent to Sealing.
  9. Select Pressure Cook (Manual) and cook for 15 minutes on High pressure.
  10. Allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then set steam vent to Venting to quick-release remaining pressure.
  11. Plate chicken pieces and rice; garnish with parsley to serve.
Mealthy Tip

You can buy prepared za'atar spice mixture at groceries carrying Middle Eastern items, or you can make your own at home! Sumac is another flavorful and versatile spice that you won't regret adding to your collection!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 543 calories; 25g fat; 23.2g carbohydrates; 58g protein; 273mg cholesterol; 805mg sodium.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 543 Calories from Fat 229
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 39%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 13.2g
Cholesterol 273mg 91%
Sodium 805mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 23.2g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1.7g
Protein 58g
Vitamin A 18% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 5% Iron 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4


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Hector Jonass says:

This was so delicious, I made it again two days later! Highty recommend serving with flatbread and plain yogurt topped with za'atar and olive oil. Can't have too much za'atar, apparently. Hard to believe how quickly it came together. Phenomenal!

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McKenzie C says:

I've always wanted to try za'atar, and was finally able to find the spice mix at an international market. There's definitely no substitute for this ingredient or sumac. Making rice and chicken in the pressure cooker at the same time is so easy. Normally I have to tweak recipes some, but this was perfect. I served it with flat bread and a tabouli salad, it was great.

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Melissa P says:

Made my husband go to world market to buy these spices. We made the chicken only, not the rice, and used the meat to wrap up in pita bread. Really good!

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Garcia B says:

I tried this with chicken breast and did a homemade spice mix. I also used basmati rice, no lemon, and served it with a tabouli salad. These spices are great and the chicken and rice were well done.

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Blakely James says:

Skipped the sumac and used extra za'atar. I'm addicted to that spice right now, using it on everything. This isn't your average chicken and rice dish, it's so flavorful. I paired it with wine, and enjoyed it on the patio with my beaux.