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Zaatar Chicken Salad with Fried Halloumi Cheese

This Zaatar Chicken Salad with Fried Halloumi is a must try. Bold in flavor with a bright and zesty touch, and ready in 30 minutes. The chicken is seasoned with Zaatar spice, lemon juice, and garlic powder and pan seared in olive oil. A succulent and delicious chicken salad!

Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword chicken salad, salad with fried halloumi cheese, za'atar chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 613 kcal
Author Mahy


Zaatar Chicken:

  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1/3 cup Zaatar spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Halloumi Cheese:

  • 8-10 strips of Halloumi cheese patted dry
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  • arugula
  • strawberries
  • sweet bell peppers
  • avocado slices


  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • parsley leaves minced


  1. For the chicken, season the chicken with all the spices except the olive oil. Toss well. Heat the olive oil in an 8- inch searing pan and when it’s ready, add the chicken and cook for 5-7 minutes per side (depending on the size of your chicken strips).
  2. For the cheese, make sure it’s patted dry (don’t stress too much, but just wipe off any moisture on the surface). Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the strips and let them fry for 2-3 minutes per side until golden slightly. Remove the cheese on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  3. Arrange the salad platter with all the ingredients and drizzle with some olive oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle with fresh parsley leaves. Enjoy :)

Recipe Notes

  • This chicken salad does not really need any dressings. However, a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil are certainly a nice addition.
  • Use your favorite veggies and fruits as well as seasonal produce for this chicken salad recipe. The za'atar chicken and cheese go with almost everything.
  • If you cannot find halloumi cheese, you can use feta cheese for this recipe. 
Nutrition Facts
Zaatar Chicken Salad with Fried Halloumi Cheese
Amount Per Serving (1 serving chicken and halloumi)
Calories 613 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 1089mg47%
Potassium 675mg19%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 16.3mg20%
Calcium 516mg52%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.