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30 Minute Moroccan Chicken Skillet

This 30-Minute Moroccan Chicken Skillet is the perfect dinner when you want to spice things up in a hurry!
Moroccan Chicken Skillet (30 Minute Mondays!) - this easy and delicious dinner will transport you straight to Casablanca!

I have a bit of an obsession with skillet meals.

It’s no secret that my Tuscan Chicken Skillet recipe is the most popular post on TWK, and for good reason, too. Who doesn’t love one-pan meals that are done in less than an hour?

You’ll also love this Sausage and Pepper One-Pan Pasta Skillet  and my Saucy Mexican Chicken Skillet for busy weeknights and picky eaters!

I figured that you are probably in need of another skillet recipe to add to your repertoire, so I came up with this new Moroccan Chicken Skillet recipe!

Moroccan Chicken Skillet (30 Minute Mondays!) - this easy and delicious dinner will transport you straight to Casablanca!

One of my favorite Moroccan dishes is a tagine made with chicken and apricots. I always order a version of this dish when I visit my favorite Moroccan restaurant.

Unfortunately,  it’s a little difficult for me to make at home. I don’t usually have the time (or equipment) to make a tagine (seriously, you need like a whole clay pot thing… does anyone actually have one of these?), but we can all make this easy skillet version of one of my favorite dishes.

You’ll love the satisfying combination of savory chicken thighs, sweet apricots, and toothy chickpeas. This dinner really hits the spot!

Moroccan Chicken Skillet (30 Minute Mondays!) - this easy and delicious dinner will transport you straight to Casablanca!

Couscous makes a wonderful accompaniment to this dish; it soaks up the sauce and adds a really fun texture to the meal.

Moroccan Chicken Skillet (30 Minute Mondays!) - this easy and delicious dinner will transport you straight to Casablanca!

Believe it or not, I ate these leftovers for lunch three days in a row! I ran out of couscous on the last day, so I can tell you with confidence that the chicken skillet itself is enough for a hearty meal. The chickpeas really fill you up!

Moroccan Chicken Skillet (30 Minute Mondays!) - this easy and delicious dinner will transport you straight to Casablanca!

I’m starting to reallllly love this whole 30-Minute Monday series. It certainly doesn’t hurt for me to have more 30 minute recipes to make throughout the week, and I hope that you find them as practical and delicious as I do!

What do you think about the idea of continuing this series past the original 12-week end date? Let me know in the comments!

Moroccan Chicken Skillet (30 Minute Mondays!) - this easy and delicious dinner will transport you straight to Casablanca!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

A good cast iron skillet. I love this super affordable and dependable version from Lodge.

A lid for said cast iron skillet – conveniently, Lodge offers a matching lid.

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  Here’s the Recipe!

30 Minute Moroccan Chicken Skillet Recipe

This 30-Minute Moroccan Chicken Skillet is the perfect dinner when you want to spice things up in a hurry!
4.6 from 13 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Moroccan
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 655kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless - skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion - thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 1 tablespoon seeded and minced jalapeno
  • 2 teaspoons Moroccan spice
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup halved dried dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots - Turkish variety if you can find them
  • 14 ounce can chickpeas - drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • Couscous for serving - optional

Instructions

  • Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl. Pat the chicken pieces dry and add to the flour mixture, tossing to coat both sides.
  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Once hot, add the chicken thighs and cook 3-4 minutes per side, until browned. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  • Add the sliced onion to the pan and cook 5-7 minutes until softened and brown. Stir in the Moroccan spice mixture, garlic, and jalapeno. Cook for 30 seconds, then add the broth, dates, and apricots.
  • Return the chicken to the pan. Cover, turn the heat down to low, and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Stir in the chickpeas and vinegar. Taste and add salt as needed. Garnish with sliced almonds and serve with couscous (optional).
Nutrition Facts
30 Minute Moroccan Chicken Skillet Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
655
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
16
g
Cholesterol
 
208
mg
69
%
Sodium
 
874
mg
38
%
Carbohydrates
 
66
g
22
%
Fiber
 
12
g
50
%
Sugar
 
27
g
30
%
Protein
 
55
g
110
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Anetta

Hi, I'm Anetta! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel stories from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. I believe that food brings us together as much as it sets us apart. Be brave, try something new!

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Comments:

  1. Made this last night and it was fantastic! Thank you! I used raisins in place of the dates and added an extra teaspoon of Ras el Hanout. Loved the mixture of all the flavors!

  2. Delicious Moroccan recipes! Tajines are easy and one ingredient I always use is coriander (cilantro). Lots of onions and you can make you own salted lemons. I lived in Tunisia 3 years and Morocco five. You can order Ras El Hanout online or mix up your own. You will find the recipe online for this mixture of spices. Love the combination of flavors.

    Thanks Lorraine for the pin!

  3. So I’ve yet to make a tangine in my 30 years on this earth, but this one has me wanting to! I also love that you have a “here’s what you need” section. So useful!