Grilled Moroccan Chicken

April 17, 2017

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Grilled Moroccan Chicken has become one of my go-to chicken recipes! It’s bursting with so many bright, aromatic flavors and it’s one of the tastiest chicken recipes you’ll have ever tried! Just be sure to allow enough time to marinade so chicken can really soak up that flavor.

Grilled Moroccan Chicken on a dark plate with fresh parsley

Flavorful Moroccan Chicken

If you eat as much chicken (especially grilled chicken) as we do at my house, then you want all the grilled chicken breast recipes you can get your hands on, right? This Grilled Moroccan Chicken is one of my new 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!

The great thing about this easy grilled 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!

Pouring marinade over chicken breasts in a large resealable bag.

Moroccan Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Spice (cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon and turmeric)
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper

How to Make Moroccan Chicken

  • Pound chicken until even, place in a large resealable bag.
  • Whisk olive oil, lemon, garlic and spices. Pour marinade over chicken.
  • Marinade in refrigerator 2 – 8 hours.
  • Preheat a grill over medium-high heat.
  • Grill chicken until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.

Four boneless skinless chicken breasts cooking on grill.

How Long to Grill Chicken

Chicken breast grill times can vary depending on how thinly you pound the meat, but if you flatten them well you’ll only need to grill the chicken for around 4 minutes on each side (if grilling over medium-high heat).

To tell when the grilled chicken is cooked, pierce it with a fork to see if the juices run clear. You can also slice the thickest part of  the chicken breast open to check if it’s still pink in the middle (although that lets some of the juices escape, so avoid doing this if possible).

Can I Make This Chicken Without a Grill?

Yes, you can also make Moroccan chicken on the stove using a grill pan. Or you can bake the chicken breasts.

What to Serve With Moroccan Chicken

I served this with Moroccan Couscous with Roasted Vegetables 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 on a plate with salad

Tips for the Best Grilled Chicken

  • Chicken thighs can also be used in this recipe. Just increase the grill time to around 6 minutes per side.
  • Don’t shorten the marinating time — the marinade gives the chicken lots of flavor!
  • Use fresh lemon juice and fresh ginger for the best flavor.

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Grilled Moroccan Chicken
5 from 11 votes

Grilled Moroccan Chicken

This healthy chicken recipe has become one of my go-to dinners! It's boasting with so many bright, aromatic flavors and it's one of the tastiest chicken recipes you'll have ever tried! Just be sure to allow enough time to marinade so chicken can really soak up that flavor.
Servings: 4
Prep10 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Marinating2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts*
  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Moroccan Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 201mg9%
Potassium 656mg19%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 424IU8%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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42 Comments

  • N

    Family loved it including a 3 year old toddler. Marinaded it close to 20 hours and cooked it on a cast iron skillet.

  • Adie

    Very tasty. It could do with some chilli and definitely tastes better if well browned under the grill.

  • Debbie

    I only had time to marinate for about 30 minutes but the chicken was still flavourful. A nice, easy recipe and hopefully a start to more Moroccan cooking!

  • Jay

    Made this for my son and myself tonight (along with the couscous roasted vegetables). It was just excellent as is-I didn’t diverge from the recipe at all. Sometime different than what we’re used to. Thank you!

  • Heidi Oxford

    I’ve been making this for a few years now and have finally mastered grilling in the oven on a grilling rack so the meat is cooked from both sides, while basting with extra sauce. It is absolutely the most tender, flavorful chicken. Recommend using good quality chicken, organic, free range, for best flavor and moisture!!

    • Jeanne Holden

      Hi Heidi,
      Please provide details for grilling Moroccan chicken in the oven. Do you broil on high? Where do you put the oven rack, how close to the broiler? How long do you broil the breasts. I’d really appreciate your help.
      Thanks!