Perhaps you are thinking about making a different marinade for chicken than the one you usually use, in which case this chicken marinade Moroccan style might tempt you. A lot of Moroccan dishes are simple yet fragrant and tasty. This cuisine is incredibly diverse, mainly because of Morocco’s interaction with other nations and cultures. The cuisine has been subject to Arab, Berber and Moorish influences, and the dishes have been refined over the years, giving us the modern Moroccan cuisine what we know today.
Mediterranean vegetables and fruits are popular there, as well as a few tropical varieties. Beef, lamb, mutton, camel, seafood, rabbit and chicken are all enjoyed, and typical Moroccan flavors include dried fruits, lemon pickle, olive oil and spices. Moroccan food is more heavily spiced than Middle Eastern food. Spices have been imported into Morocco for thousands of years, and some of the most common ones include cumin, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, paprika, coriander, mint, parsley, and saffron.
This chicken marinade Moroccan recipe features aromatic flavors such as cumin, cilantro, cayenne, coriander, turmeric, and cinnamon, all of which combine perfectly to make a fragrant and very flavorful marinade for the chicken. Let the chicken soak in the Moroccan marinade for at least an hour, or overnight for a richer flavor.
Authentic Chicken Marinade Moroccan Recipe
Summary: The mouthwatering Moroccan menu idea is sure to tantalize your taste buds and it is easy to make and enjoy this amazing-flavored marinated chicken recipe.
- 1 whole chicken, in 8 pieces
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 ½ teaspoons coriander seeds
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons cumin seeds
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 whole minced garlic cloves
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
Toast the coriander and cumin seeds in a skillet over a high heat for half a minute, and then grind them in a spice grinder or mortar.
Transfer them to a bowl.
Stir in the olive oil, paprika, lemon juice, cayenne, salt, black pepper, turmeric, cinnamon, and garlic.
Arrange the chicken pieces in a glass dish and pour the marinade over, turning to coat.
Cover and chill for at least an hour.
Preheat the grill to medium and, when it is ready, cook the chicken pieces for about 20 minutes or until they are done.
Use the remaining marinade to baste the chicken halfway through the cooking time.
Sprinkle the chopped cilantro over the cooked chicken before serving.
Enough for (Serves 4).
Preparation time is approximately 15 min
Serve this Moroccan chicken with any side dishes you like, or take inspiration from the photo and make a Moroccan sweet potato salad, combining sweet potatoes with raisins, onion, parsley, lemon juice, ginger and more, to give it an authentic flavor. Serve this salad warm or chilled (allow it to marinade for an hour first so the flavors can blend) alongside the hot chicken breast. Moroccan cuisine is delicious and making a side dish like this means you can provide flavors which are sure to complement the chicken. Alternatively this chicken goes great with fries or mashed potatoes if you want something simpler.