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Easy Moroccan Chicken Recipe with Rice

We eat a lot of moroccan food in my house, but it’s usually my mother-in-law who cooks it. This Authentic Moroccan Chicken Recipe is one of the moroccan recipes that I can actually make with pride because it’s super easy and really quick!

Moroccan Chicken Recipe

Authentic Moroccan Chicken Recipe with Rice

Moroccan food is one of the healthiest cuisines I have ever eaten. The spices and herbs and their benefits for one’s body are amazing. For years now, I have been learning about these Moroccan spices and herbs and how they work together to create a tantalizing meal best eaten with fresh, homemade bread. So many of these spices are also said to be beneficial on their own or in brewed tea to cure ailments from sore throats to colic. I admit, being a “westerner” I have had my doubts, but I have come to believe in the thinking of the people from this amazing country.

Easy Moroccan Stovetop Chicken

Moroccan foods are known to be super gentle on the digestive system, as well as having a calming effect on the body, with spices like turmeric, cumin and ginger. Preserved lemons are a special addition that I have yet to master. I like using them, but I haven’t been able to make them myself.

Preserved lemons are so great because first of all they are high in Vitamin C (duh) but when they are pickled and fermented, the process preserves the nutritional content and increases the health benefits of lemons by metabolizing the sugars, according to Harold McGee, author of “On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen.” They are great for diabetics because the fermentation process breaks down carbohydrates and causes less strain on the pancreas. Consuming preserved lemons with a meal helps level out blood glucose levels.

Moroccan Chicken Recipe Preserved Lemons

You can mix up ingredients with chicken ahead of time and refrigerate until needed. This Moroccan chicken recipe makes a great weeknight meal! Simply mix it up in the morning or the night before and just take it out a little while before cooking.

Easy Moroccan Stovetop Chicken

moroccan chicken and rice

Easy Stovetop Moroccan Chicken Recipe

  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 onion (finely diced or shredded)
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic
  • Dash black pepper
  • Dash white pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/4 rind preserved lemon
  • 1 tsp harissa (if available)
  • 2-3 boneless chicken breasts
  • Long-grain rice such as Jasmine
  1. Mix all the ingredients except chicken and rice. If you don’t have the lemon, use 2 tablespoons olive oil. 

    Add chicken to spice mixture and marinate.

    Cook rice according to directions. When halfway done, cook chicken on medium-high heat. Cook thoroughly. Set aside when done until rice is finished cooking.

This dish is so easy because it’s quick delicious and so good for you! I love it and it’s even kid-friendly. It’s best served on a special dish with the chicken over the rice.

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Stephanie

Thursday 15th of December 2016

I like this kind of chicken but most of the time its too spicy for me.

Violet

Saturday 11th of July 2015

I was just wandering what to cook for dinner. Thanks for the recipe!

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Vashti Quiroz-vega

Monday 22nd of June 2015

Hello! This dish looks scrumptious and you're right the ingredients are healthy. I can't wait to try it. Pinning! :P

Amanda

Saturday 31st of March 2012

Looks great! I would love to try it!

vicki

Sunday 1st of April 2012

It's really yummy...I am surprised at how easy it is!