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Musakhan (Sumac Chicken & Caramelized Onion Wraps)

Updated: Sep 12

Do not be intimidated by this recipe. These Middle Eastern chicken wraps look like they were difficult to make but they're probably one of the easiest Arab recipes next to hummus. If you know how to sauté chicken and onions and wrap a tortilla, you're good to go! These authentic Sumac Chicken & Caramelized Onion Wraps are called Musakhan, which translate to "something that is heated" because they are baked in the oven to give them that crispy exterior. These are insanely flavorful because of the sumac seasoning and caramelized onions. Since the bread you're supposed to use is so thin, it immediately becomes crispy in the oven. In order to accurately make these you need to use a Middle Eastern bread called "markook", which translates to "thin". So, the thin bread, plus the sumac chicken & onions, makes for an easy and minimal ingredient recipe. Let's get to the recipe, shall we?

Yields: 2-3
Prep time: 10 minutes (only if your chicken has been pre boiled and shredded otherwise it's an hour)
Total time: 45-50 minutes

This recipe is dairy free.


1. 1 ½ sweet onions chopped crosswise so they look like crescents (best for caramelizing)

2. 3 chicken breasts (boiled and shredded)

3. Markook bread

4. Extra virgin olive oil

5. Salt

6. Sumac



1. First, make sure the oven to preheated to 400.

2. Next, have your 3 chicken breasts boiled and shredded to sauté after.

3. Now, grab a large frying pan, and drizzle in 3 TBSPs of olive oil on medium-high. Then add in your onions. Season with 2 TBSPs of sumac and 1 TBSP of salt. Stir well and sauté.

4. Once the onions start to soften, add in the chicken. Stir well. Cook for 5-8 minutes.

5. Taste test to see if you want to add more salt or sumac. Add if necessary. Stir well.

6. Drizzle on a bit of olive oil if they start to get a little dry and stir again. Now let's make the wraps.

7. The markook bread is a little tricky - they either come in ginormous squares or circles. If you lucked out with the circles, you're good to go. But if you got the ginormous squares, cut off the corner pieces and cut the rest into similar rectangular pieces. My video on Instagram should help clarify.

You can choose to opt out of the markook bread and get thin tortilla wraps instead, it's completely okay!

8. Add in 1 big scoop of the chicken and onion mix into each wrap and wrap it well.

9. Add onto a baking pan and brush on some olive oil on top of each wrap.

10. Bake in the oven for up to 10 minutes (or until crispy).

11. Gently take them out and wait for them to cool down a bit.

12. Enjoy! - PS. I love enjoying these wraps with a good fattoush salad on the side for more veggies.



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