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buttermilk braised chicken

Buttermilk Braised Chicken

This Buttermilk Braised Chicken with Za'atar is so easy and so incredibly flavorful! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Marinating 10 hours
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 472kcal


  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 tablespoon za'atar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 4 cups buttermilk may need more or less
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • salt to taste


  • Season the chicken on both sides with salt and then sprinkle evenly with za'atar. 
  • Spread the garlic out on the bottom of a snug fitting casserole.  Place the chicken on top of the garlic.  
  • Pour buttermilk over the chicken until they are about 3/4 covered and top with thyme sprigs.  
  • Refrigerate the chicken for 2-24 hours.  The longer the better. 
  • 30 minutes before you want to bake the chicken, take it out of the refrigerator to come to room temperature.  Preheat the oven to 375. 
  • Place the chicken in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Turn the heat up to 450 and bake for 15-20 minutes more or until the chicken is cooked through and nicely caramelized. 
  • Serve, scooping up the cooked buttermilk sauce to spoon over the chicken. 


Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 364mg | Potassium: 632mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 2.3mg