Egyptian Dukkah-Spiced Chicken


Embark on a flavorful journey with Egyptian Dukkah-Spiced Chicken, a dish that masterfully blends the aromatic and nutty flavors of traditional Egyptian dukkah spice with juicy chicken. This recipe offers a delightful crunch and an array of warm spices, making it a truly unique and tantalizing culinary experience.

Egyptian Dukkah-Spiced Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 1 hour (optional for enhanced flavor)
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast or thigh per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 320 kcal
  • Protein: 28 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 75 mg
  • Sodium: 300 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • Chicken breasts or thighs: 4 pieces (about 800 g or 1.8 lbs)
  • For Dukkah Spice Mix:
  • Hazelnuts, toasted and crushed: 1/4 cup (35 g or 1.2 oz)
  • Sesame seeds, toasted: 2 tbsp (18 g or 0.6 oz)
  • Coriander seeds, crushed: 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds, crushed: 1 tsp
  • Dried thyme: 1 tsp
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper, ground: 1/4 tsp
  • Olive oil: 2 tbsp (30 ml or 1 oz)
  • Lemon juice: 1 tbsp (15 ml or 0.5 oz)

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Dukkah Spice Mix: Mix together hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander, cumin, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  2. Marinate Chicken: Coat chicken with olive oil and lemon juice, then generously rub with dukkah spice mix. Marinate for 1 hour (optional).
  3. Cook Chicken: Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Place the chicken on a baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Serve: Let the chicken rest for a few minutes, then serve with a side of vegetables or a fresh salad.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Toasting Spices: Toast the nuts and seeds for the dukkah mix to enhance their flavors.
  • Checking Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C).
  • Serving Suggestion: Accompany with a yogurt dip or fresh cucumber salad.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use store-bought dukkah?

Yes, pre-made dukkah is a convenient alternative.

How can I store leftover dukkah mix?

Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Can I grill the chicken instead?

Absolutely, grill over medium heat for a smoky flavor.