Chicken with Tahini Sauce

Something that is very simple to make is my grilled chicken with tahini sauce. Tahini sauce the way Nani makes it 😋


. 1/2 cup tahini

. 1/2 cup – 1 cup water (depending on how thick you want your sauce

. 4 fresh mint leaves, chopped finely

. 1/4 brunch parsley, chopped finely

. 1 tomato cut into tiny cubes

. 1/2 tbsp salt

. 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

. 1 tsp cumin

. Juice of 1/2 lemon

. 4 chicken breasts


1. Heat either a grill pan or your outdoor grill to 500 degrees fahrenheit and heat your oven to 350 degrees farenheit.

2. Salt and grill the chicken breasts, 5 minutes on each side and then transfer to a sheet pan and cover with foil. Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.

3. While the chicken is baking, in a bowl using a whisk mix all the rest of the ingredients together. At first it might look like it’s just too chunky but just keep whisking and add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until you get to your desired consistency.

4. Once the chicken is done baking, plate it and top with the tahini sauce.


oh, hummus

Nowadays everyone is making hummus… any kind – white bean, kidney bean, roasted beet,…. you name it! However, i have to say, as creative as that is, when i often times taste the traditional hummus some serve, it doesn’t even come close to being delicious and flavorful as it is meant to be.

I have my own version, of course with the help of Nani and my mother. But its still very traditional. Here’s the recipe so you can try it and tell me what you think!

Photo by: Hayley Boomhower and Sean Rea

. 1 can garbanzo beans
. 1/4 cup tahini
. 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
. 3 tablespoons EVOO
. 1 lemon, juiced
. 1 tablespoon cumin
. 1 teaspoon salt
. 1 teaspoon white pepper
. dried oregano for garnish
. red pepper for garnish
. 1 fresh mint leaf for garnish

1. Drain the can of garbanzo beans and rinse with water.
2. In either a nutribullet or a blender, add all your ingredients and blend. Add more EVOO if it doesn’t blend well.
3. Finish it off on either a plate or a cute bowl, drizzled with EVOO, dried oregano, red pepper, and a fresh mint leaf.

Try it out and let me know how you like it! Anush!


Lebni is one of my favorite things to smear on a warmed pita. This delight is kefir cheese. You can add kalamata olives, tomatoes, and fresh herbs to make a dip out of it too. I have a shortcut recipe that I like to use to make this and it’s so delicious.

. 1 container of plain yogurt (depending on how much lebni you want)
. very fine cheese cloth

1. Place a very fine cheese cloth inside a strainer, and place the strainer in the kitchen sink.
2. Put all the yogurt in the container into the cheese cloth and cover overnight.
3. The following day, you can make little balls with the cheese and place them in a jar filled with extra virgin olive oil and fresh oregano, ready to be eaten whenever you please.

Photos by : Sean Rea( and Hayley Boomhower (