Chicken Musakhan rolls recipe/ Sumac chicken rolls


Here you’ll read a step by step guide of how to make Musakhan rolls or Sumac chicken rolls.

Musakhan rolls is a traditional Palestinian and Jordanian food, and it is considered as the national dish of Palestine.

Chicken Musakhan rolls recipe/ Sumac chicken rolls

According to historical stories, it was called Musakhan because the loaves that used in this recipe are usually stale, so they are heated and olive oil is added to them to make them soft.

Chicken and bread are the main ingredients of this recipe. Later, onions produced by the farms were added with sumac, which grows extensively in farms and forests of Palestine.

Chicken Musakhan rolls recipe/ Sumac chicken rolls:


  • 1 kilo boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 medium sized onions
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 peaces of lavash bread
  • 3 tablespoons of sumac
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seven spices ( or all purpose seasoning )
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Bay leaf, cardamom and cinnamon stick for boiling chicken.


Chicken Musakhan rolls instructions:

1- Cut the chicken breast into large pieces.

2- in a large pot over medium-high heat, add the chicken. Pour the water over the chicken to cover and season it generously with black pepper, seven spices, cumin, salt, bay leaf, cardamom, and cinnamon stick.

3- bring to boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium. Let simmer until chicken is cooked through. meanwhile, slice onion thin and wait for the chicken to be cooked.

4- Remove the chicken breast from pan and let rest for 10 minutes. Then shred the chicken with two forks.

5- in a non-stick frying pan, add half amount of the olive oil and heat it over medium heat. Add the sliced onion, sauté until they soften, about 3 minutes.

Chicken Musakhan rolls recipe/ Sumac chicken rolls

6- Add the shredded chicken and 2 tablespoons of Sumac. Stir-fry for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, and set aside until it cool.

Chicken Musakhan rolls recipe/ Sumac chicken rolls

7- lay the lavash bread on a flat surface ( I used round bread in this recipe). Fold it in half twice and cut the the edges to make a triangle shape.

8- put the chicken and onion filling on the wide side of the bread, roll the bread, and use a mixer of flour and water to stick the end of the roll.

Chicken Musakhan rolls recipe/ Sumac chicken rolls

9- transfer the rolls onto a baking tray that’s already brushed lightly with olive oil, and brush the rolls with the rest of olive oil. Sprinkle some Sumac.

Chicken Musakhan rolls recipe/ Sumac chicken rolls

10- Bake on 200°C for 10 minutes or until golden and crisp. Serve hot.

Can you use other type of breads in this recipe?

Lavash bread is used in the traditional recipe which is soft and thin flatbread popular in the Mediterranean cuisine. If you don’t have lavash bread, you can use any thin, flat bread.

How does Musakhan taste?

The traditional Musakhan offers a delicious slightly lemony taste.

What does Musakhan rolls serve with?

It can be served with cucumber and yoghurt salad, pickles, olives, or your favourite salad.

Is sumac used in Musakhan a healthy spice?

According to healthline, Sumac is rich in a variety of nutrients and antioxidant compounds. It is also beneficial for blood sugar control and relief of exercise-induced muscle pain.

Can you meal prepare the Musakhan?

Yes, Musakhan rolls are freezer-friendly. You can make a head a large tray of it, and save it for later. Just wrap each roll separately in foil, and place them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.
When you want to serve it after freezing, thaw it in the refrigerator, then re-heat in the oven to make it crispy again.


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