Palestinian Roast Chicken with Sumac and Red Onions (Mussakhan)

Palestinian Roast Chicken with Sumac and Red Onions (Mussakhan)
A generous blend of allspice, sumac, and ground cumin gives this communal chicken dish warming, citrusy, and smoky flavors.Matt Russell for W.M. Norton

Mussakhan is a classic Palestinian dish traditionally laid out on a giant piece of bread, where the flavorful roasting juices laced with allspice, sumac, and cumin can be poured over the top. It is meant to be placed on the table so that everyone can pull off sections of bread and chicken. If you can't find large sheets of Arabic taboon bread, individual loaves of naan are a fine substitute. If you prefer to skip the bread entirely, the chicken is just as delicious on its own, or served with rice or a salad.

This recipe is adapted from Yasmin Khan's cookbook Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen (W. W. Norton & Co., 2019)

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