Zankou Chicken Marinade Recipe

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Last Updated on February 28, 2024

You can make a range of different recipes using chicken, as it’s such versatile meat – this Zankou chicken marinade recipe is one to go for next time you want to try something different.

The Zankou chicken marinade recipe is inspired by a restaurant chain in America that serves traditional Armenian and Mediterranean dishes.

This particular dish is made with an aromatic and spicy mix of herbs and spices, that help to give it a wonderful flavor. The dish is served with rice, couscous, or potatoes – and the combination of flavors makes this dish a perfect starter or main course.

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The Zankou Chicken Marinade Recipe – 1

This is a simple recipe that takes only a few minutes to prepare. It uses a mixture of spices that are easy to find and reasonably inexpensive.

Ingredients:

To marinate chicken breasts for Zankou chicken:

  • 250 g of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • 8 boneless chicken breast fillets (about 2 pounds)

Directions:

Step 1: Mix

Place all ingredients (except the chicken) into a large bowl or deep plate. Mix the ingredients well to combine.

Step 2: Marinate

Put the chicken breasts into the marinade and repeatedly turn them over, so they are completely coated. Let it sit in the marinade for at least 30 minutes.

Step 3: Cook

In a medium skillet, heat oil over a medium-high heat. Sear the chicken for 4-6 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Serve with rice.

The Zankou Chicken Marinade Recipe – 2

Ingredients:

  • 1.5lb chicken drumsticks or thighs
  • 200ml/7fl oz/1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 150g/5oz/1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 large onions finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tarragon vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  •  3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Method:

Step 1: Mix and marinate

Mix the chicken drumsticks or thighs along with the olive oil in a bowl. Set aside to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour.

Step 2: Sauté and cook

In a large pot or pan, heat the vegetable oil and sauté the onions, bell peppers, garlic, ginger, curry powder, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent. Now, add the marinated chicken pieces and cook over a medium heat for around 5 minutes.

Step 3: Stir, reduce

Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Now reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and cook for another 15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy!

Serve with rice or pasta, and garnish with chopped parsley.

What kind of rice does Zankou Chicken use

Why This Zankou Chicken Marinade Recipe?

This recipe is one of many people’s favorite! If you want a good marinated chicken that is full of flavor and has a distinct taste, try this one.

The Zankou chicken marinade recipe is perfect for chicken meat especially, because it has a unique taste. It can be used for chicken in different ways.

The best part of this recipe is that the marinated chicken is delicious and tender, once cooked. To make it even better, you can adjust the ingredients with your own preferences to make it more personal and suited to your taste buds.

How To Cook The Chicken Zankou Chicken Marinade Recipe?

This recipe requires a minimum of three steps.

  1. First, you need to prepare the marinade sauce by combining all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Next, combine the marinade sauce with the chicken pieces and let it sit for at least two hours in the refrigerator.
  3. After that, place the marinated chicken into a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F, for 40 minutes.

If you want the chicken to be extra tender, bake it at 400°F for 20 minutes. You can also fry your marinated chicken to get that nice, crisp chicken if you love your chicken extra crispy.

Final Thoughts

If there is one recipe you should try as soon as possible, it’s this Zankou chicken marinade recipe. You can try it out in several different ways, and it always turns out just as amazing! Share any tips or tricks you may have when preparing this dish with us, and we will be sure to try them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of rice does Zankou Chicken use?

We use basmati rice for all our products. Basmati is the most common and best-known type of long grain rice in the U.S. It is grown in India and has a mild flavor, and nutty fragrance. We source our rice from a well-respected rice supplier in Texas, USA. However, you can use any rice of your choosing.

How long does Zankou garlic sauce last in the fridge?

The best way to store it is to keep it in an airtight container.  It will keep for around a month if stored correctly. If you don't want the garlic to be on top of the meat, you can choose to serve it with your meat on the side. The sauce can also be used as a dipping sauce.

What can I do with leftover Zankou garlic sauce?

Use leftover Zankou garlic sauce on grilled chicken, fish, pasta, rice or potatoes. Or top your pasta, potato or other dishes with a spoonful of the sauce. Leftover sauce also works well mixed with cream cheese, and spread on bread for dipping.

Is Zankou Chicken healthy?

Zankou Chicken is a healthy and flavorful chicken recipe that is delicious, easy to make and quick to cook. It doesn't have many ingredients and you can make it with ease, at home. This recipe is not just good to taste, but good for your body too.

How do you eat Zankou Chicken?

Zankou is a French-style breaded chicken, cooked with herbs and spices. It is often served with a side of French fries, or rice, or even as a starter on its own. You can also serve it with homemade ketchup, which contains natural flavours and no added salt.

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The Zankou Chicken Marinade Recipe - 1

This is a simple recipe that takes only a few minutes to prepare. It uses a mixture of spices that are easy to find and reasonably inexpensive.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Zankou Chicken Marinade Recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Ania

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g of tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • 8 boneless chicken breast fillets about 2 pounds

Instructions

  • Step 1: Mix
    Place all ingredients (except the chicken) into a large bowl or deep plate. Mix the ingredients well to combine.
  • Step 2: Marinate
    Put the chicken breasts into the marinade and repeatedly turn them over, so they are completely coated. Let it sit in the marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a medium skillet, heat oil over a medium-high heat. Sear the chicken for 4-6 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Serve with rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 76g | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g

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  1. 5 stars
    The combination of ingredients in this dish was pure genius. It’s amazing how they all complemented each other perfectly.

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