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Moroccan Chicken Recipe

Healthy Moroccan chicken dish recipe with wonderful spices served over warm couscous is one of my family's favorite dinners.

Course Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 366 kcal
Author Five Silver Spoons


  • 4 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups small diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2-3 cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup green olives, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced into 4 strips
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a dutch oven or large, deep skillet over medium high heat.

  2. Dry the chicken pieces and season them with salt and pepper.
  3. Place them in the dutch oven brown on all sides.

  4. Remove the chicken and place on a plate.
  5. Add the onion to the skillet and cook until slightly softened.
  6. Add the ginger, garlic, coriander, cumin, paprika, turmeric and cayenne pepper and stir together. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat with the spice mixture.
  7. Pour the chicken stock into the skillet so that ⅔ of the chicken is submerged.
  8. Bring liquid to a simmer, cover the skillet and simmer on medium low heat 20-25 minutes.
  9. Add the sliced olives and sliced lemons.

  10. Cover and cook another 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  11. Remove the chicken and turn the heat to high.
  12. Cook for another 6-8 minutes until sauce reduces slightly.  Stir cilantro into sauce.

  13. Serve chicken on a bed of warm couscous. Spoon sauce over the top. Garnish with more cilantro.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Food52

Nutrition Facts
Moroccan Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 308mg13%
Potassium 391mg11%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Calcium 36mg4%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.