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July 16, 2009

Moroccan Grilled Chicken

Originally uploaded by alfagee

At this point in the summer, I start feeling like I’ll lose my mind if I have to eat one more piece of grilled chicken. I mean, I love chicken, but it’s just so feh, unless you dress it up.

This recipe, which sounds way more complex and exotic than it really is, was created several years ago, when I had a whole lot of chicken, a whole lot of spices, and one of those “I wonder what would happen if…” ideas.

It turns out that what happens when you mix the flavors of Morocco with a good, old American grill is something that will save you from chicken boredom.

Moroccan Grilled Chicken

(serves 4)

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 8-oz container FF plain yogurt
Juice of 1 lemon, plus 1 tsp grated lemon zest
2 tsp Ground Cumin
2 tsp Ground Cardamom
2 tsp Ground Coriander
2 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Ground Ginger
½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Trim off any gross bits from the chicken, then butterfly it or pound out any thick parts so it’s a uniform thickness (this ensures more even cooking). Preheat grill. High, medium, low…do whatever you normally do when you grill chicken.
  2. Mix together all remaining ingredients, and divide marinade in half.
  3. Place chicken and half of marinade in a Ziploc bag, press out all the air, and marinate for at least one hour or as long as overnight (longer is definitely better). The chicken is going to turn a little yellow the longer it sits—don’t be alarmed; that’s just the turmeric doing its thing.
  4. Grill chicken for 6-8 minutes per side, or until it’s cooked through. Top with a dollop of the spiced yogurt you didn’t put in the bag (not the stuff from the bag, unless you have a death wish).

In the picture, it’s served with a chickpea salad and a Moroccan Carrot Salad. It’s even better with Lemon Mint Couscous. And, if you’re patient and keep stopping by, you’ll get all those recipes.

Want more grilled chicken recipes? Check out:

Grilled Chicken on Foodista

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Singerobin permalink
    July 17, 2009 9:51 am

    ~drool~ Okay, this will be happening this weekend at Casa Singer. Thanks Alfa!

  2. July 17, 2009 1:46 pm

    Great recipe, cant wait to try it tomorrow! I followed you from the foodieblogroll and I’d love to guide our readers to your site if you won’t mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it’s all set to go, Thanks!

  3. Bonzee permalink
    July 20, 2009 2:06 pm

    I think this is going to be on the menu for next week. I can’t wait to see your side dish recipes!

  4. January 12, 2010 10:36 am

    Looks amazing! We love to grill at home as well… corn cobs and red capsicum are two of my faves!!


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