Sunday, 3 March 2013

Musakhan (sumac chicken) rolls

Musakhan is a traditional Palestinian food, made with sumac (a tangy spice). I once tasted musakhan as a sandwich at a friends house, and I absolutely loved it! So ever since I really wanted to make it myself. I tasted it in pitta bread, but my friend recommended to make it in tortilla here it goes...

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 4-6 people
  • Prep time: 30-40 mins
  • Cooking time: 10-15 mins
What you will need:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 small onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 boneless chicken 
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp seven spice (if you do not have, replace with cinnamon + garam masala)
2 cups hot water
1 tbsp olive oil
2 small onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2-1 cup sumac
5 large tortilla wrap
Olive oil to brush over wraps

How to make:

1) Heat the olive oil in a pot and add the onions and garlic, until golden/brown in colour

2) Add the chicken to this pot, alongside the salt, pepper, and seven spice. Mix to coat the chicken, then add the water. Leave on medium heat until the chicken cooks (around 15-20 mins)

3) Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a different pot, and brown the onions. Then set aside

4) Once chicken is done, remove the chicken into a large bowl (reserving the broth), and using two forks, shred the chicken breasts (which should be easy to pull apart). Add the browned onions to the chicken, alongside half the quantity of sumac, and 1 cup of the chicken broth. Mix well

5) Continue adding the remaining sumac until a pink colour forms (taste and adjust to taste, may need more salt) 

6) Add some of the chicken mixture to the wrap, placing some of the chicken broth to keep moisture in the wrap, then roll it up (like a cigar lol). Brush the wraps with olive oil and place them in a baking tray, at 200 degrees Celsius, for 10-15 mins (until browned)

This can be served with a salad, or enjoyed by itself. It isn't difficult to make, so I hope you give it a go! Enjoy :)


  1. How did i almost miss this! The sumac chicken combo is seriously making my mouth water. This is such a good idea, using tortilla instead of spending forever rolling fingers with filo pastry to fry - plus healthier too.

    1. Lol...yes! You should def give this a go, so easy to make, and so tasty! :)

  2. Salaam,
    When you say use two boneless chickens, do you mean two chicken breasts or two boneless whole chicken?

    1. Wa alaikum alsalam. I apologise...I mean two boneless chicken breasts :) silly me!

    2. Jazakallah,
      I tried this yesterday and it was delicious!!

    3. Awww alhamdulilah. So glad you liked it. JazakiAllah khair for the feedback :)

  3. Two onions twice? So 4? Thank you

  4. Two onions twice? So 4? Thank you

  5. Made this recipe and hmdlilah turned out better than expected. First time making musakkhan I was apprehensive but we really enjoyed eating it! Thank you!

    1. You are very welcome. So glad you gave it a go and enjoyed it Alhamdulilah :)

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