Grilled Moroccan Chicken

Grilled Moroccan Chicken

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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
602 Calories
45g Fat
14g Carbs
36g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 4
Amount per serving
Calories 602
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 982mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 36g
Calcium 111mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This chicken is so loaded up with great Moroccan inspired flavors, it will make you weak in the knees. Make sure you toast the cumin and coriander seeds so that the flavors are released.


  • 1 whole chicken, cut up
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons/30 mL paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons/7.5 mL cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons/7.5 mL coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons/7.25 mL sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon/5 mL black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Toast cumin and coriander seeds in a skillet over a high heat for 30 seconds until fragrant.

  2. Grind toasted seeds in a mortar or in a spice grinder.

  3. Combine with olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper.

  4. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag. Pour mixture over top and using tongs turn to coat. Seal bag and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 6 hours.

  5. Preheat grill.

  6. Remove chicken from bag and discard any remaining marinade.

  7. Grill chicken pieces over a medium fire for about 35 to 40 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 175 F.

  8. Once cooked through, remove chicken from grill and sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve over rice, couscous, or quinoa.  

*If you would like to baste the chicken during the cooking process, simply double the marinade ingredients. Use half of the mixture as a marinade and reserve the other half to use as a baste while the chicken is on the grill. Apply baste after the first 20 minutes of cook time, and repeat the process about 3 times, until chicken has cooked through.