Baked Moroccan Chicken

Make a weeknight dinner extra-special without any extra work. The preparation for this flavor-packed Moroccan Chicken recipe couldn’t be any easier.

Some versions of Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemons call for sautéing the chicken which requires lots of extra oil and is a less healthy way to go (that’s putting it lightly). We have opted to bake our Moroccan Chicken bathed in a mixture of bold spices which dress the tender chicken to perfection.

The recipe calls for Preserved Meyer Lemon. The flavor of the dish really benefits from the bold, lemony taste of preserved lemon. If you don’t have any, you can use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of lemon peel from a whole lemon, being careful to avoid the white pith underneath.

Baked Moroccan Chicken Breasts
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Baked Moroccan Chicken Breasts with Preserved Lemon

This flavorful Moroccan chicken calls on classic Moroccan spices like saffron, ginger, and cloves to give it a delicious flavor.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword baked moroccan chicken breasts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 206 kcal
Author Openfit

Ingredients

  • 4 (4-oz.) raw chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 Preserved Meyer Lemon pulp removed, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger finely chopped
  • cups frozen artichoke hearts thawed
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or ½ tsp. ground cinnamon)
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. Ground paprika
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 large pinch saffron

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Combine chicken, Preserved Lemon, oil, garlic, ginger, artichoke hearts, cinnamon, pepper, cumin, paprika, red pepper, cloves, and saffron in a large bowl; mix well.
  3. Arrange chicken mixture in a baking dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
  4. Serve chicken with couscous if desired.

Recipe Notes

To use preserved lemon, wash lemon and remove pulp. Thinly slice or chop rind.

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Moroccan Chicken Breasts with Preserved Lemon
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 822mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 24g 48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photo by Kirsten Morningstar