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Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken

Enjoy the flavors of Morocco with richly spiced chicken, savory onions, and tangy olives. Using just one small bowl and a baking sheet, this Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken is just as easy to clean up as it is to prepare!

Enjoy the flavors of Morocco with this one pan Moroccan spiced chicken with savory onions, and tangy olives. Using just one small bowl and a baking sheet, this Moroccan chicken bake is just as easy to clean up as it is to prepare!

What is it about Morocco that seems so romantic?

Did I get this idea from the movie Casablanca? I kind of doubt that, considering I only saw it once and fell asleep about 30 minutes into it.

Don’t judge me, I was like 14 at the time and really couldn’t appreciate it. Maybe I’ll give it another go this weekend.

Enjoy the flavors of Morocco with richly spiced chicken, savory onions, and tangy olives. Using just one small bowl and a baking sheet, this Moroccan baked chicken is just as easy to clean up as it is to prepare!

Personally, I think a lot of the exotic feel comes from the food. Everything is warm, richly spiced, and full of subtle flavors.

Paired with the right bottle of red wine, dim lighting, and maybe even a low table with cushion seating, enjoying a Moroccan meal is an absolute feast for the senses.

One of the distinctive features of Moroccan cuisine is the marrying of sweet and savory flavors.

A classic B’Stilla is made by forming a flaky dough around a filling of savory meat, baking it to golden perfection, then topping it with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. It’s one of those dishes that sounds a bit strange until you try it yourself.

Also common is the use of dried fruit, such as raisins in this Moroccan Chicken Skillet, or apricots in this Slow Cooked Moroccan Apricot Chicken.

The sweetness factor in today’s Moroccan Chicken recipe comes from, of all things, lemons!

Looking for Moroccan chicken recipes? Enjoy the flavors of Morocco with richly spiced chicken, savory onions, and tangy olives. Using just one small bowl and a baking sheet, this Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken is just as easy to clean up as it is to prepare!

Surprising, right? Here’s the thing: a few lemon slices are scattered onto a rimmed half sheet pan before being topped with oil, onions, and spiced chicken.

As the dish roasts in the oven, the sugars in the lemon slices become subtly caramelized.  This is the rimmed half sheet pan I recommend.

Looking for Moroccan recipes? Enjoy the flavors of Morocco with richly spiced chicken, savory onions, and tangy olives. Using just one small bowl and a baking sheet, this Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken is just as easy to clean up as it is to prepare!

Once you pull it out of the oven, scatter some olives and cilantro over the pan, then squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the Moroccan chicken to really brighten up the dish.

Please don’t think that this recipe is too difficult, it is an easy Moroccan chicken recipe in one pan, so give it a try!

Looking for Moroccan chicken recipe baked? Enjoy the flavors of Morocco with richly spiced chicken, savory onions, and tangy olives. Using just one small bowl and a baking sheet, this Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken is just as easy to clean up as it is to prepare!

Serve this baked Moroccan chicken with a side of couscous and some warm, soft bread. Enjoy!

Here’s the Recipe!

Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken Recipe

Enjoy the flavors of Morocco with richly spiced chicken, savory onions, and tangy olives. Using just one small bowl and a baking sheet, this Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken is just as easy to clean up as it is to prepare!
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Moroccan
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 3
Calories: 490kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

For the Spice Mixture
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter - melted
  • 4 cloves garlic - pressed
For the Sheet Pan Chicken
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 large sweet onions - cut into 12 wedges each
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 skin-on chicken quarters
  • 1 cup green olives - pitted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

  • Preheat an oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a small bowl, prepare the spice rub by combining the salt, cumin, paprika, turmeric, cayenne, and black pepper. Stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, and the pressed garlic.
  • Cut the lemon in half and set one half aside. Cut the remaining half into thin slices, then arrange the slices in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Scatter the onion wedges over the lemons, then drizzle 2 teaspoons of olive oil over the onions. Sprinkle the pan with ¼ teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon turmeric.
  • Place the chicken quarters on the pan, skin side up. Pat the top of the chicken dry, then brush the prepared spice mixture evenly onto the skin of each quarter.
  • Transfer the pan to the preheated oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees and the juices run clear.
  • Scatter the pan with the olives and cilantro leaves. Squeeze the juice from the remaining half lemon onto the chicken. Serve warm with couscous and soft bread.
Nutrition Facts
Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
490
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
34
g
52
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
24
g
Cholesterol
 
90
mg
30
%
Sodium
 
1993
mg
87
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
6
g
25
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Protein
 
24
g
48
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Please note that this one pan Moroccan chicken recipe is often misspelled as: Morrocan chicken recipe, Morroccan chicken recipe, Moraccan chicken recipe, Morracan chicken recipe, and Morrocon chicken recipe.

Enjoy the flavors of Morocco with richly spiced chicken, savory onions, and tangy olives. Using just one small bowl and a baking sheet, this Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken is just as easy to clean up as it is to prepare!

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  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVED this recipe!! I doubled it and made it for family from out of town. I added green olives, artichoke bottoms quartered, dried apricots sliced in half, whole peeled garlic, roasted pistachios and sliced almonds. I served it over couscous and with roasted veggies. It was a huge hit. I highly recommend this as a crowd pleaser. The depth of flavor is wonderful, and it is such a humble, comforting recipe.

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