That little red spice – Grilled chicken sumac
La petite épice rouge – Aiguillettes de poulet grillé au sumac
I don’t cook with sumac very often but when I do, I make this dish and it’s been quite popular among chicken lovers. Sumac is a wonderful Middle Eastern spice, it enhances the flavor of the dish without altering its taste. Sumac is a little tree whose leaves turn red in fall somehow like maple trees and produces little round balls which contains little brownish grains.
I usually serve it with curried Israeli couscous and it makes an excellent combination with Middle Eastern flavors. Sumac is very used in Middle Eastern cuisine, it has a tangy flavor and is used somehow like lemon. If you are vegetarian, chicken can be replaced with white fish and it works beautifully too on light flavored fishes. This spice is one of the most delicate spice I know because of it’s subtle flavor, it will not overpower your dish like curry or cumin would but give it a very fresh and elegant after taste.
Ingredients for 4
- 1.5 lb chicken tenders or breasts cut in strips
- 2 tsp sumac
- juice of one lemon
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- cayenne pepper
- 3 tbs mint
- salt and pepper
Cut chicken in small strips. Add sumac, cumin powder, cayenne, salt and pepper and let it marinate for about one hour or so.
In a small mixing bowl, mix lemon juice and olive oil.
Grill chicken in a grill pan. When grilled on the outside and still juicy in the middle, remove from pan, add olive oil/lemon juice mixture. Coat well. Sprinkle with mint and serve hot.
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I’ve never cooked with sumac, I love the color!
Lovely post, I love sumac, the trouble is it doesn’t keep very well and it’s hard for me to get it here in Northern Italy.
that’s it, I’m buying some sumac.
I just got myself some chicken. Great idea.
Sumac is always in our pantry, it’s a great spice. And so pretty, too!
I’ve never used sumac before. Thanks for the introduction to it. I’m always looking for new spices to work with.
Sumac sounds very interesting to use. Great color and I’m sure the flavor is fantastic. Actually, I’ve probably had it before, but didn’t realize that was the flavor! This is a good reminder to just sample spices sometimes, just so I know what they do for a dish.