Grilled Moroccan Chicken

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Easy to make and full of flavor, this grilled Moroccan chicken is a family pleaser.

Moroccan Chicken

This Moroccan chicken is an easy and incredibly flavorful way to prepare boneless skinless chicken breasts. I can’t claim it’s one hundred percent authentic, but the spices make it taste decidedly Moroccan, and it also goes wonderfully with couscous. You might think it sounds too exotic-tasting for picky eaters, but even small children seem to love it. The best part? It takes just minutes to prepare and there’s barely any clean-up.

What You’ll Need To Make Grilled Moroccan Chicken

how to make grilled moroccan chickenAs you can see, the recipe relies on many spices, such as paprika, cumin, ground coriander, ground ginger, ground turmeric, ground cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.

How To Make Grilled Moroccan Chicken

Begin by pounding the chicken breasts to an even 1/2-inch thickness.

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This both tenderizes the meat and ensures even cooking. Left in their natural shape, the thin side of the fillet dries out while the thicker side finishes cooking.

pounded chicken

Next, make the marinade by combining the olive oil, spices, salt, garlic and sugar in a bowl or directly in a sealable plastic bag.

spices

Mix well.

how to make grilled moroccan chicken

Place the chicken and marinade in a freezer bag, press the air out and then massage the marinade into the chicken until the breasts are evenly coated. Marinate in the fridge for 5-6 hours.

how to make grilled moroccan chicken

When you’re ready to eat, preheat your grill to high. It’s important that the grill is very hot — you want nice grill marks and char in the short amount of time it takes to cook these.

how to make grilled moroccan chicken

Grill just a few minutes per side for perfectly tender chicken breasts.

Moroccan Chicken

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Grilled Moroccan Chicken

Easy to make and full of flavor, this grilled Moroccan chicken is a family pleaser.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (or chicken tenderloins)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of wax or parchment paper and, using a meat mallet, pound to an even ½-inch thickness. (Skip this step if substituting chicken tenderloins.)
  2. Mix all ingredients except chicken together in a small bowl or measuring cup. Place pounded chicken breasts inside 1 gallon zip-lock bag. Add marinade to the bag, press air out and seal shut. Massage marinade into the breasts until evenly coated. Place the bag in a bowl in the refrigerator (to protect against leakage), and let the chicken marinate for 5-6 hours.
  3. Clean grill and preheat to high. Place chicken breasts on grill, spooning marinade over top. Grill, covered, for 2-3 minutes per side. Do not overcook.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 344
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Sodium: 798mg
  • Cholesterol: 118mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • This turned out so delicious!! I Love all the flavors, thank you.

    • — Maya on February 23, 2021
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  • My husband loves this recipe! We have made it over and over again, It is a favorite in our houes! Thank you, I never hesitate to recommend your recipes to friends and family, always a winner!

    • — Carol on February 17, 2021
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  • This is my favorite go-to recipe that my family loves and is impressive enough for guests. We visited Morocco in 2018 and it reminds us of our time spent there. It is also great served room temp for a picnic dinner at the Hollywood Bowl.

    • — JMcKruse on January 31, 2021
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  • This chicken turned out perfectly. Wasn’t able to grill it on the bbq but cooked it in a cast iron pan on the stove. Will definitely be making it again!

    • — Dara on January 29, 2021
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