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Musakhkan is a meal that has Bread, Baked Chicken and Onions with Sumac. This is a Palestinian dish; a favorite made by the peasants but became one of the national dishes in Palestine. This dish is eaten with one's hands and which literally means "something that is heated."
  Chicken 1 , cut up into six pieces (Combination Of Chicken Legs And Breasts)
  Virgin olive oil 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Large onions 1 Pound (Or A Bit More Of Diced)
  Fried pine nuts 1 Tablespoon (For Garnishing)
  Ground cardamom 1 Tablespoon
  Sumac 2 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Flat sheet bread 2 (Marquq Or Taboon Bread. I Usually Get The Wheat Flat Bread....Delicious!)

1. Cut the chicken into up into two breasts, two thighs, two legs, and two wings. Prepare it for cooking by washing, cleaning and drying. I add a little bit of lemon juice and olive oil to my chicken to keep it smelling nice.

2. Sauté one medium diced onion, add the chicken, enough water to cover the chicken, cardamom, salt and pepper and boil over high heat and then let simmer until the chicken is done.
3. Add 1 cup olive oil to a casserole and cook the rest of the diced onions until translucent, this takes about 25-35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add the sumac and cook for 2 minutes to mix. Do not overcook the onions, you do not want them burnt and you do not want them mushy...they should hold their shape nicely.
5. Fry the pine nuts to a golden brown color for about 2 minutes. Make sure to watch them frying, they tend to burn quickly.
6. Right before serving, and to keep warm, remove the chicken from the pot, bake until golden brown.

7. In the mean time, you may cut up the bread or use it whole, and assemble in the serving platter. Add the first layer of the onion mix on top of the bread, add pine nuts.
8. Repeat with another layer of bread, onions and pine nuts. It is up to you if you want to have one layer of bread and onions. I like to have two layers because the bread I use is very thin. At this point, add about half a cup of chicken stock if you feel that the bread is too dry.

9. Arrange the baked chicken on top and garnish with pine nuts.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Middle Eastern
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes
Palestinian Chicken And Bread Meal
Musakhan is a one of its kind dish as it is a complete meal in itself. It tastes wonderful with its subtle flavors and looks so exquisite and deserves the centre place on the table. Take a look at the recipe details in this video.

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