Grilled Moroccan Chicken


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 4 votes

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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 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


  1. Pound thicker parts of a chicken breasts with the flat side of a meat mallet to even out their thickness. 
  2. 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). 
  3. Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag. Pour marinade over chicken and seal bag while pressing out excess air. 
  4. 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.
  5. Preheat a grill over medium-high heat to about 425 degrees. 
  6. Grill chicken until center registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 4 minutes per side for 6 oz chicken breasts. 
  7. Transfer to plate then cover and keep warm and let rest about 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: moroccan
Keyword: Moroccan Chicken
Author: Jaclyn


  • Jamie: This is fabulous!!!! February 18, 2019 at 8:55am Reply

  • andrea: can you make this with chicken on the bone and roast in the oven? September 26, 2018 at 3:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think that would work well too. October 15, 2018 at 5:45pm Reply

  • Stacy: I found this recipe recently on Pinterest and was wondering if using dried spices would alter the taste that much, specifically the ginger? Obviously if I’ve never made it before I won’t really know the difference, but I was still curious in general. June 16, 2018 at 9:18pm 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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