Moroccan food and Moroccan inspired is known for its vibrant flavors and this Moroccan chicken is a perfect example.
Moroccan cuisine is a mild version of Indian food. Both types of ethnic cuisines are known for aromatic plates.
Both Moroccan and Indian dishes use a similar medley of spices including cumin, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, and saffron.
In Morocco beef is not plentiful, so meals are usually built around lamb and poultry.
Enjoy This Moroccan Inspired Dish
Common ingredients used in Moroccan dishes (apart from spices) can include almonds, hard-boiled eggs, prunes, lemons, tomatoes, and other vegetables.
Inspired by the wonderful spices and flavors used in Moroccan cuisine, this delicious chicken thigh recipe is a hearty one-dish meal.
Moroccan Baked Chicken Thighs with Broccoli
6 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups broccoli florets, without stem
1 ½ cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons paprika
3 tablespoons ground cumin
3 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
3 teaspoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 lemon, zested and juiced
½ white onion, chopped
1-2 tablespoons high heat olive oil, optional to use avocado oil
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F
Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Let come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
Mix together paprika, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons lemon zest in a medium bowl. Next add chicken broth.
Heat oil in a cast iron skillet until the oil begins to shimmer.
Add chicken thighs, top-side down, and cook for 4 minutes each side or until meat is just oblique in color.
Remove from heat and transfer thighs to a plate. Set aside.
Sauté onions in the skillet until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour chicken broth mixture carefully over onions and scrape up any browned bits off the bottom of the skillet.
Return chicken thighs to the skillet. Spoon some of the liquid over the thighs.
Put skillet in preheated oven. Bake until chicken thighs are no longer pink in the center, 25 to 30 minutes.
Add broccoli to the skillet last 10 minutes of baking time (do not over cook broccoli, cook just until a bright green, still crunchy)
Remove skillet from oven and drizzle lemon juice over thighs and broccoli.
Garnish the dish with lemon slices and cilantro, optional to use parsley.
Plate and serve.