Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Moroccan Chicken Thighs

I'm taking a small break from my veggie quest to bring you a meat dish. After all,  I'm only semi-vegetarian!

My chicken thigh obsession continues with Moroccan chicken thighs. Oh baby these are addicting! I know my meat and potato friends assume they won't like something "exotic" like Moroccan food, but let me tell you... you'd clean your plate and lick your fingers. Look at the ingredient list. They are probably all spices you have in your cupboard. These flavors are familiar. It's just a combination you may not have tried before. Put that seasoning on a chicken thigh? Oh baby! You get that crispy skin that there is just never enough of. I love the tangy zip that the lemon brings. Confession: I eat the roasted lemons too. They are just so dang tasty! And lemons are fruit right? Totally healthy. This chicken recipe can brighten up any plate with its vibrant colors and even more vibrant flavors. 


8 large chicken thighs
2 lemons
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
3 tablespoons butter


1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9x11 glass pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Cut one of the lemons into thin slices. Cut the other into wedges. Places the slices on the bottom of of the glass pan.

3. Mix the spices together in a small bowl. Rub down each of the chicken thighs with the spice mixture getting both beneath the skin and on top of the skin. Place the chicken thighs in the glass pan on top of the lemon slices.

4. Squeeze the lemon wedges over the the chicken. Toss the wedges in between the chicken thighs. 

5. Cut the butter into 8 little clumps. Place 1 clump on top of each chicken thigh.

6. Bake for about 45 minutes.


  1. I made these this weekend and they were great! Even my kids ate them. Thanks!

    1. Isn't it funny that kids love them? I thought that kids would be overwhelmed by the huge list of spices, but nope! My 5 year old son said, "I like how it has flavor!" What the what? Lately he's been telling me things don't have enough flavor. I don't claim to understand the unpredictable palate of a child, but I'm sure glad whenever kids like delicious stuff!

  2. I made these last week (sans the cayenne) and they turned out great! I will definitely add this to my rotation of recipes.

    1. I'm glad you liked them! I was just thinking about these today. I'm going to try turning them into Moroccan gyros. Watch for the recipe!

  3. I love these!! The flavor is excellent, and so different. When there are leftovers, I heat them up in the toaster oven, and they crisp up nicely. I will make these often..thank you!



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