Musakhan (Sumac Spiced Chicken Sandwiches)
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  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 10rolls lavash bread(Costco sells great ones)
  • 1 yellow onionsliced
  • 2 red onionssliced
  • 2cloves garlicminced
  • 1cup sumac powder
  • 1tbsp seven spice
  • salt
  • Pepper
  • olive oil
  1. In a large pot (or pressure cooker), heat 2 tbsp of olive oil. Brown the yellow onion and minced garlic. Add the raw chicken breast, seven spice, salt and pepper. I use at least 1 tsp of salt.
  2. Once the chicken is coated in the spices and the onion, add 4 cups of water and let boil. If you are using a pressure cooker, the chicken should cook in approximately 20 minutes. If you are using a traditional pot, let the chicken come to a boil for at least 30-40 minutes. The chicken is done when it flakes when pierced with a fork.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, in a large saucepan, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil. Cook the red onion slices until they are soft and translucent.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pot and place in a large mixing bowl. Set the chicken broth aside.
  5. Take two forks and begin to finely shred the chicken breasts. The chicken should be fairly easy to pull apart with the forks.
  6. Add the onions to the shredded chicken. Add ½ cup of the sumac powder and one cup of the reserved chicken broth to the bowl and mix well. Slowly add more sumac until you reach a nice pinkish color. Also, add a little more of the reserved chicken broth if the mixture appears dry.
  7. Place approximately 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture into the center of the lavash bread, and roll into a sandwich. Also, I usually add a spoon of leftover chicken broth for added moisture, but you don’t have to. Place in a jelly roll pan, or cookie sheet. Repeat for the rest of the lavash bread. If you are using Iranian or saj bread, wrap it more like a burrito, by folding the sides in. You also don’t need 10 sheets. Just 4-5 are plenty since they are so large. You can just cut the sandwiches when serving them.
  8. Brush the tops of the sandwiches with olive oil or butter.
  9. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until the bread becomes slightly crispy and browned. Enjoy!