Grilled Moroccan Chicken


If you eat as much chicken (especially grilled chicken) as we do at my house then you want all the chicken recipes you can get your hands on, right? This Grilled Moroccan Chicken is one of my latest favorite chicken recipes! It is marinated for hours in a bright yet earthy marinade and I love those sweet notes from the cinnamon and ginger. I’m thinking this one is so good you’ll likely add it to your dinner rotation!

Grilled Moroccan Chicken

Grilled Moroccan Chicken

I served this with Moroccan Couscous with Roasted Vegetables (a recipe I’ll be sharing later this week) and there couldn’t be a better combo! It made for such a fresh meal with so many exciting flavors – it was so good in fact that even my kids loved it.


Grilled Moroccan Chicken

The great thing about this chicken is that you can put it in the marinade before you head to work in the morning then when you get home from work it will be ready to throw on the grill. So check mark delicious flavor, easy prep, perfectly convenient for weeknights, it’s a healthy choice, and it’s family approved. All around dinner win! Try it soon!

Grilled Moroccan Chicken


Grilled Moroccan Chicken

5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 5 servings


  • 1 1/2 lbs trimmed boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro , plus more for serving
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pound thicker parts of a chicken breasts with the flat side of a meat mallet to even out their thickness. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper (about 3/4 - 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper). Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag. Pour marinade over chicken and seal bag while pressing out excess air. Rub marinade over chicken breasts (and make sure marinade goes between chicken breasts). Transfer to refrigerator and allow to marinate at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.
  2. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat to about 425 degrees. Grill chicken until center registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 4 minutes per side for 6 oz chicken breasts. Transfer to plate then cover and keep warm and let rest about 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve warm.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy



  • Melissa S.: What is the side there on the plate with the chicken? I looks good. April 18, 2017 at 10:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s Moroccan Couscous with Roasted Vegetables. I’ll be posting the recipe this Friday. :) April 18, 2017 at 1:04pm Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: This is such a pretty dinner! Everything looks so delicious and flavorful April 18, 2017 at 5:52pm Reply

  • Paige: This chicken looks amazing! I am totally adding this to the menu plan for next week!

    Paige April 18, 2017 at 8:54pm Reply

  • Camille: This chicken looks asolutely beautiful. I can imagine how it must smell grilling with all those spices. May 5, 2017 at 8:39pm Reply

  • Marlene: We grill almost every weekend & we like to do mixed grills & have leftovers–this chicken looks perfect, you can chop up the leftovers for salad or sandwiches! May 7, 2017 at 4:21pm Reply

  • Jyssica: It says it calls for 1/3 fresh cilantro. But it doesn’t say what measurement (cup, tablespoon, teaspoon). Any ideas? May 14, 2017 at 5:26am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So sorry I missed that! It’s 1/3 cup. May 16, 2017 at 12:58am Reply

  • Jennifer: This chicken recipe is so delicious! I’ve started doubling or tripling the recipe because it’s so yummy. It also makes great leftovers and the best tacos. I know that may seem weird because it’s a moroccan dish, but many of the spices are the same and it’s amazing! We’ll make it with the couscous recipe you have one night and then use the leftover chicken for tacos another night. Thanks for a new favorite in our house! June 14, 2017 at 1:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Jennifer! June 14, 2017 at 1:42pm Reply

  • Jamie: Heavenly chicken recipe! Grilled up wonderfully! It’s a keeper! August 14, 2017 at 9:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it! August 15, 2017 at 12:24pm Reply

  • Jacqueline Kline: This looks delicious! I would like to make this tomorrow and give you feedback. I have smoked paprika. Do you think I can use this or would it change the taste too much? Should I buy regular paprika? August 23, 2017 at 7:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I personally think the smoked paprika would be pretty overbearing here so I’d recommend the regular. I hope you love this chicken! August 23, 2017 at 9:41am Reply

  • Jacqueline: My family liked this but we really loved the Moroccan couscous with roasted vegetables the most! August 26, 2017 at 5:23am Reply

  • Alyse: This was absolutely delish! Made with couscous last night and got rave reviews from the man. Thanks for sharing this recipe! January 12, 2018 at 2:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it Alyse! January 17, 2018 at 12:09pm Reply

  • Monica: Hi I’m finding this recipe on 01/18/2018 – wondering if I can get a link for the side dish? I’m not sure I will find it being it was posted April 2017? Thanks! January 18, 2018 at 2:49pm Reply

  • Laurel: This is one of the best marinades I’ve ever made. Everyone loves it! April 1, 2018 at 7:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks for your review! April 1, 2018 at 9:43pm Reply

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