Grilled Chicken Sumac

Grilled Chicken Sumac

I’m always on the lookout for interesting flavor combinations, especially if I have all the ingredients at the ready. I’ve got a spice jar with ground sumac berries I’d like to use. This is a marvelous lemony seasoning, commonly used in Turkish cuisine, but I’ve only used it when making the traditional tomato pita salad, fattoush.

When I saw a recipe on the Citron et Vanille blog using ground sumac to season chicken, it was a done deal.

The chicken was served over Curried Israeli Couscous, another recipe I adapted from this terrific food blog.

Recipe adapted from Citron et Vanille blog.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Sumac


  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders or breasts cut in strips
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sumac
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 3 tablespoons mint


  1. Lightly season chicken strips or tenders with kosher salt and cayenne. Whisk together sumac, lemon juice, olive oil and cumin powder; marinate in mixture 2-3 hours.
  2. Prepare gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken until cooked through and golden brown. Sprinkle with mint and serve

Marinate Time: 2-3 hours

Active Time: 25 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4

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