Friday, May 20, 2011

Moroccan Style Roast Chicken Thighs

Most people like chicken as they are inexpensive and one of the most commonly used meats. I cooked chicken at least 3 times a week. I stew it, stir-fry, steam it and every so often roast it. You can basically rub any type of spices to it and it will always turn out great. The chicken turns out juicy, crispy and very succulent that everyone will love.


4 whole chicken legs and thigh attached


4 cloves garlic – finely chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper or chili powder (more if you like it spicy)
2 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1. Clean the chicken, remove fat and skin (you can leave it on if you like the skin) Give a few light cuts on the meat. Pat the chicken dry with some paper towels.
2. Combined all the marinate ingredients and mix well. Marinate the chicken for at least 3 – 4 hours. Make sure the chicken is well coated well.
3. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degree F. Put the chicken in a deep dish together with all marinates. Cover it with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for half an hour.
4. Remove the foil and then continue to bake for another half an hour or until chicken cooked and golden brown. Turn the chicken pieces occasionally while baking.
5. Serve warm with some roasted vegetables.


Lyndsey ~The Tiny Skillet~ said...

Yum! This looks amazing. I love all the flavors you have here!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Chicken is a healthier source of protein, I guess. Though I like it but I don't think I eat it as often as you do. Love the flavors are you using here.

Christina Kim said...

Chicken is definitely healthier, and it's white meat too. Grill them or choose the breasts, and they are just the healthier options of protein, although I love fish better..:D

Cuisine Paradise said...

Moroccan Spices has a very special fragrance that I always love. I remember i used to buy those bottled moroccan spices to marinate chicken or stir-fry while I was staying in Australia. And yours sure look delicious :) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Elin said...

I roast chicken most of the time. I have some arabi'atta spices at home..wonders if it is same as moroccan spices :) Yours definitely looks good...salivating away :)

WendyinKK said...

Oh, sure does sound tasty :)

My Asian Kitchen said...

Must try this recipe soon!! thank for sharing ☺ I also cook chicken more than 3 times a week..most of the time I just buy roast chicken from BJ's .Today I bought a roast chicken again,it's said 3 lbs but I think it's almost 5 lbs..anyway it's just $4.99..actually it's more cheaper and meaty!! But Eliot said it's tasteless!! haha!! now I even didn't wanna to roast my own chicken!!so malas !

lena said...

chicken can be cooked in so mnay ways, even with just a simple steam, it's already tasty! and frying a chicken is also much more easier than frying a fish! with those spices that you put in, sure this is real good!

Shereen said...

Sadly here chicken is more expensive than beef or lamb especially if they are corn fed, free range or organic.The 4 legged kids eat chicken everyday..koyak pocket!!..and you know what?I think I am the only human being that sucks when it comes to roasting a chicken.I never can get the perfect roast..hahaha.I think I'll stick to Nando's for the time being until my Guru ( you )visit me....Cannnnn?

Min said...

I prefer chicken also, it's easily available and a healthier option compared with red meat. Will give recipe a try, sounds interesting to me :)

ann low said...

Gert, love this easy and healthy chicken recipe. I can really eat this everyday!

Anonymous said...

hi, on your marinate ingredients, there is a 1/2 tsp and 1 tsp black pepper. Which should i use? Or is there a missing ingredient?
thks alot for your help. I'm going to try it cos yours looks really yummy :) Liz

Honey Bee Sweets said...

You know whenever I go back States, I'll stock up some of the spices like sweet paprika or cayenne pepper. Seems like it's very hard to find them here in Asia. The chicken thigh looks yum! Will try it without the cayenne, since my kiddies just can't take the heat. :)

Meg Luby said...

those are some seriously fantastic flavors! thanks for sharing! i adore this :)

ICook4Fun said...

Lyndsey, thanks.

Shirley, we eat more of it because it is easiest to cook.

Christy, I like fish but my hubby is not a big fan of it so we will have that only once a while.

Ellena, you are most welcome.

Elin, I am not sure about that. You can always try it out on your roast :)

Wendy, welcome back. Hope everything is well with you.

Lesley, Carlos still prefer the home roast chicken. He said it tasted so much better. We find the supermarket bought roast chicken a bit tasteless too.

Lena, yea I like it steam too but not my hubby :)

ICook4Fun said...

Shereen, for us here Chicken is the cheapest. Satu ekor free range is about $8.00 and the regular chicken around $5.50. Everyone at home like my roast chicken. I think it the rub I pun on ha ha.. yea I can teach you when I visit :)

Min, hope you like it.

Ann, yes it is easy. Marinate it and stick it into the oven to do the job :)

Liz, sorry about that. I already deleted it.

Bee Bee, yea we can get all kind of spices here.

Meaghan, thank you.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

i also cook chicken 2-3times a week, usually simple Chinese style but not so often on grill. This roast must be very flavourful with all these herbs added.

My Little Space said...

I like the sound of Morocan! And the spices seem going to give the meat a real good kick. I'll probablky will add in extra honey. Slurp... Have a lovely weekend, dear.
Regards, Kristy

Anonymous said...

Hi Gert! Greeting from Down Under!
I've been following your recipes for a while. Thank you for sharing your talents with the world!!

Julie M. said...

Popping this in the oven as we speak. It sounds delish!