Delicious Middle Eastern Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

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  • By admin
  • 11 January,2023

Give weeknight dinners a Middle Eastern flare with these delicious recipes! Find inspiration with dishes that are quick and easy to prepare, full of flavor, and sure to please your whole family.

Harissa-Marinated Chicken with Couscous. 

This simple and flavorful dish combines harissa paste, a spicy North African chili pepper condiment, with boneless chicken thighs to create a marinade that infuses the meat with flavor. Serve it over couscous for an exotic twist on a classic weeknight dinner.  

Marinating the chicken in harissa paste refrigerated for at least an hour gives it the perfect flavor balance – intense and spicy, but not overwhelming.

The paste also helps keep the chicken moist while it’s cooking so it doesn’t dry out. For an added layer of flavor, you can serve the chicken with a side of couscous that has been cooked in either vegetable or chicken stock, as well as a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds. This Middle Eastern-inspired dish is sure to please everyone at your dinner table! 

Middle Eastern Beef and Potato Wraps. 

Make tasty Middle Eastern wraps with beef and potatoes! This easy-to-put-together meal uses cubed steak seasoned with cumin, coriander, garlic, ginger, and sumac. Combine it with boiled potatoes and wrap everything in a fresh pita for a quick and delicious dinner. It’s sure to become a family favorite that everyone will love.  

To make the wraps, place the cubed steak in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together cumin, coriander, garlic powder, ginger powder, and sumac to create a Middle Eastern-style seasoning blend. Sprinkle it over the beef cubes and toss to coat evenly.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the seasoned beef cubes. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add diced potatoes and continue cooking until both beef and potatoes are cooked through. Place on pita bread with your favorite desired condiments or vegetable toppings and enjoy! 

Spiced Butter Chicken with Rice Pilaf. 

Serve up an aromatic and flavorful middle eastern chicken dish that won’t take long to make. This Spiced Butter Chicken is made with garlic, onion, tomato paste, cumin, paprika, coriander, and ginger and spooned over a bed of fluffy basmati rice. Enjoy the crunchy slices of almonds on top for extra texture and flavor. Make enough for leftovers to enjoy the next day!  

This Middle Eastern-inspired dish will delight the taste buds with its fragrant, homemade spiced marinade. To bring out the flavors and aromas in the dish, marinate the chicken overnight. Before cooking it up on a skillet, coat each piece of chicken in butter and your custom spice blend or sprinkle it on once cooked.

Then serve it over a bed of basmati rice pilaf cooked with golden apples, diced almonds, and fresh herbs to add another layer of flavor and texture to this unforgettable dish. 

Stuffed Peppers with Garlic Tahini Sauce. 

Stuffed peppers are a delicious way to enjoy Middle Eastern flavors! Stuff bell peppers with a savory ground chicken and rice filling, then top them off with a tangy garlic tahini sauce. Serve this classic Mediterranean dish with your favorite sides for an easy weeknight dinner that packs loads of flavor!  

These tender peppers are bursting with Mediterranean flavor. To make the savory filling, simply combine ground chicken and cooked white rice with garlic, onion powder, cumin, oregano, tomato paste, and spices. Use a spoon or your hands to fill each pepper until it’s overflowing.

Bake the peppers at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, then top with a garlic tahini sauce made from tahini stirred with garlic cloves, salt, and lemon. Serve these stuffed peppers warm for a delightful dinner of one of the best middle eastern dishes that will please everyone at the table! 

Harissa Roasted Chicken Thighs with Spiced Carrots and Feta Cheese. 

This tasty one-pan dinner will please the whole family! Start with marinated chicken thighs, then roast them in the oven along with sliced carrots and feta cheese to create a flavorful meal in no time. Serve it up with a dollop of Greek yogurt or tzatziki dip to complete your Middle Eastern feast.  

The star of this dish is the chicken, which is marinated with harissa paste. Harissa is a blend of chili peppers, garlic, and spices that originates in North Africa and adds a flavorful kick to the chicken. To give the carrots an extra flavor boost, they’re seasoned with cumin, cinnamon, and paprika.

You can roast them right alongside the chicken so everything cooks up at once. Finally, feta cheese is sprinkled on top for a burst of salty and tangy flavor that ties everything together. Serve it up with a dollop of Greek yogurt or some tzatziki dip for an easy yet delicious Middle Eastern dinner! 


Aren’t these dishes mouthwatering enough? So, what are you waiting for? Start planning for your weeknights right now! 



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