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Moroccan Chicken Thighs

 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. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Ready In: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 chicken thighs, 4 servings


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 9x13 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 until chicken reaches the safe temperature of 165 degrees. 

Moroccan Chicken Thighs
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  1. Alicia1:10 PM

    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. Anonymous4:45 PM

    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. Anonymous2:35 PM

    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!

  4. Those pics look amazing and I love the recipe too. Great job.

  5. I can never seem to photograph chicken! These thighs look amazing, and I love that you are using a "cheaper" meat (chicken thighs tend to be overlooked a lot.)

  6. I haven't had Moroccan food, but I have a feeling I will like it! Pinning to try it!

  7. Yum! I love chicken thighs. They are my favorite cut of chicken. And totally thinking I should actually eat a roasted lemon now :)

  8. I always have so much trouble cooking chicken in the oven- Yours looks gorgeous! Definitely giving it a go!

  9. Wow this chicken looks amazing! I love chicken thighs too, so meaty and delicious!

  10. Love Moroccan flavors - this looks like a perfect weeknight meal!

  11. I can imagine how good this must taste and you're right--these ingredients are all in my pantry. Love crispy, flavorful skin--these look perfect!

  12. I have never tried Moroccan food, but love to try new flavors! I will be adding this to my list of recipes to try!

  13. These sound fantastic!


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