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Musukhan chicken sumac rolls

Musakhan Rolls

  • Author: Samara
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6


These musakhan rolls are made with sumac chicken and caramelized onions, rolled in flatbreads, then baked in the oven.


Units Scale
  • 1 whole chicken (about 3 lbs)
  • 9 medium-sized onions
  • 4 tbsp sumac (heaped)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 10 flatbreads (roughly)
  • 2 tbsp allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp cardamom (ground or whole)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • toasted pine nuts (optional)


  1. In a pot, add the whole chicken, cinnamon stick, white pepper, whole black peppercorns, cardamom pods, bay leaf, allspice, and about 8 cups of water (don't add the sumac). Bring to a boil. Boil for 60 minutes or until completely cooked through.
  2. While the chicken boils, slice up the onions, and in another pot add them in with the olive oil and cook on medium heat until translucent for about 20 minutes. To speed up the process, add 1/2 tsp salt.
  3. Once the chicken and onions are both fully cooked, take the chicken out of the water and shred. Add the shredded chicken to the onion pot. Add all the sumac and mix until well incorporated. Add pine nuts if using.
  4. Fold the flatbread in half and cut down the middle so you have 2 folded halves. Place the chicken and sumac on the widest end, tuck in the sides, and roll. Do this until your mixture is all rolled up.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 ℉ (180 ℃). Grease the baking pan with olive oil and line up your rolls. Brush with olive oil or leftover chicken stock.
  6. Bake until the tops are golden (about 15 to 20 minutes). Garnish with more sumac and pine nuts if using.


  1. Marinating the chicken is not necessary.
  2. Substitute 2 lbs of chicken breast for a 3lb whole chicken.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 1.5 rolls
  • Calories: 521
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 751 mg
  • Fat: 29 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 23 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 26 g
  • Cholesterol: 100 mg

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