Sumac Chicken with Broccolini and Brown Butter Almonds

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This grilled sumac chicken with broccolini and brown butter almonds makes an easy and delicious lunch or light dinner. Serve it with orzo pasta or with rice.

A small plate of sumac chicken with broccolini, orzo pasta and brown butter almonds in a cup on the side.

This post was originally published on Sept. 17, 2015.

Ingredients for this recipe:

All the ingredients required to make sumac chicken with broccolini and brown butter almonds on a marble kitchen counter.
  • 1 tablespoon ground sumac
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 small boneless, skinless chicken breast(s), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ~ 6 broccolini
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic clove(s), minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta, uncooked

RECIPE NOTE: If orzo pasta is not available, you can serve this dish with rice instead.

What is sumac?

Sumac is a beautifully dark red spice ground from dried sumac berries. It is widely used in Middle Eastern cuisine, has a lot of health benefits thanks to tons of antioxidants, and tastes citrusy. (In fact, sumac was apparently the Romans’ acidic ingredient of choice before lemons arrived in Europe.)

Sumac’s tangy and savory flavor works great on chicken and I used it here to marinate a chicken breast, which I later grilled and served with steamed broccolini, brown butter garlic and lemon almonds and orzo pasta.

How to make sumac chicken step by step:

Step 1. In a small bowl, whisk together sumac, salt, pepper and olive oil.

An action photo showing the marinade ingredients for sumac chicken being whisked together in a bowl sitting on a marble kitchen counter.

Step 2. Mix the marinade with the chicken, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. After that, grill the chicken on the grill or a grill pan.

Chicken mixed with sumac marinade in a shallow dish on a marble kitchen counter.

Step 3. Cook the orzo pasta according to package instructions.

Step 4. Steam the broccolini.

Step by step photos showing cooked orzo pasta in a pot and steamed broccolini in a steamer basket.

Step 5. Melt the butter in a skillet, then add the almonds.

Step 6. Cook on low heat, stirring continuously, until the almonds are starting to brown. Turn the heat off, then stir in the garlic and the lemon juice. Let cool a bit, then season to taste with salt.

Step by step photos showing almonds being browned in melted butter in a pan.

Step 7. Distribute the pasta, broccolini and the chicken between two plates, then drizzle the brown butter almond sauce over everything.

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A small plate of sumac chicken with broccolini, orzo pasta and brown butter almonds in a cup on the side.
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Sumac Chicken with Broccolini and Brown Butter Almonds

This grilled sumac chicken with broccolini and brown butter almonds makes an easy and delicious lunch or light dinner. Serve it with orzo pasta or with rice.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccolini, brown butter almonds, sumac chicken
Servings: 2
Calories: 490kcal

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ground sumac
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large or 2 small boneless, skinless chicken breast(s), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 6 broccolini
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic clove(s), minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta, uncooked*

Instructions:

  • Whisk sumac, salt, pepper and olive oil together in a bowl, then mix with the chicken, cover and marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Grill the chicken.
  • While the chicken is on the grill or grill pan, cook the orzo pasta according to package instructions.
  • Steam the broccolini until tender.
  • Melt the butter in a pan.
  • Add the almonds and cook on low heat, stirring continuously, until they are starting to brown. Turn the heat off.
  • Stir in the garlic and the lemon juice.
  • Let the butter cool a bit (it's very hot, don't burn yourself), then season with salt.
  • To serve, divide the orzo pasta between two plates, add the broccolini and the chicken, then drizzle the almond butter sauce over everything.

Notes:

*If you don’t have orzo pasta on hand, serve the dish with rice instead. 

Nutrition

Calories: 490kcal

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