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Moroccan Chicken

with Preserved Lemon and Chickpea Rice
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Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan Chicken - Aromatic and succulent - poultry from the oven

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45 min.
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Nutritional values

Hardly any other food contains as much niacin as poultry. The B-vitamin is used as an enzyme component for the metabolic processes in the body. It is indispensable for heart function and important for the nervous system. In addition, niacin ensures the regeneration of the skin and its moisture regulation.

Try to purchase and use organic chicken. Chicken from organic farming tastes much better than from factory farming, and they are healthier. Unlike the fast-fattening, non-organic chickens, they aren't fed preventative medications like antibiotics that we have to eat.

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie743 cal.(35 %)
Protein72 g(73 %)
Fat33 g(28 %)
Carbohydrates37 g(25 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage4 g(13 %)
Vitamin A0.2 mg(25 %)
Vitamin D0 μg(0 %)
Vitamin E3.2 mg(27 %)
Vitamin B₁0.4 mg(40 %)
Vitamin B₂0.6 mg(55 %)
Niacin31.4 mg(262 %)
Vitamin B₆1.6 mg(114 %)
Folate28 μg(9 %)
Pantothenic acid3 mg(50 %)
Biotin9.7 μg(22 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0.5 μg(17 %)
Vitamin C8 mg(8 %)
Potassium775 mg(19 %)
Calcium87 mg(9 %)
Magnesium134 mg(45 %)
Iron4.1 mg(27 %)
Iodine31 μg(16 %)
Zinc3.8 mg(48 %)
Saturated fatty acids8.7 g
Uric acid544 mg
Cholesterol225 mg
Development of this recipe:


1 whole chicken
3 preserved lemons
½ lemon
4 stalks cilantro
3 garlic cloves
1 small onion
3 Tbsps olive oil
1 tsp Coriander
1 Tbsp ground paprika (sweet)
16 ozs chickpeas (canned)
1 pc fresh ginger
1 shallot
1 tsp Turmeric
4 ozs Brown basmati rice
16 ozs Chicken broth
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Kitchen utensils

1 small Oven-proof pot, 1 Bowl, 1 Roasting pan, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Cutting board, 1 Large knife, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Peeler, 1 Fine grater, 1 Sieve, 1 Aluminum foil, 1 Slotted spatula, 1 Lid, 1 Oven rack, 1 Citrus juicer, 1 Food processor, 1 Kitchen towel

Preparation steps

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 1

Rinse chicken inside and out and pat dry.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 2

Rinse preserved lemons under cold water, pat dry and cut in half. Scrape pulp with a spoon and then chop coarsely.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 3

Squeeze juice from lemon half. Rinse cilantro and pat dry. Peel garlic and onion. Puree preserved lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, coriander seeds, garlic, onion, cilantro and paprika powder in a food processor until smooth.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 4

Rub paste over chicken, cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 5

Transfer marinated chicken to a roasting pan and roast in a preheated oven at 350°F until chicken is cooked through (if the marinade is turning too dark, tent with aluminum foil), about 70 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 6

Drain chickpeas, rinse and drain well.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 7

Peel and finely grate ginger root. Peel shallots and chop finely. Heat the remaining oil in a small oven-proof pot over low heat. Cook ginger and shallot until translucent, about 2 minutes.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 8

Add turmeric, rice and chickpeas to pot.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 9

Pour in just enough broth to cover rice and bring to a boil. Cover and bake in preheated oven when chicken is halfway through cooking.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 10

When chicken and rice are finished cooking, turn off oven. Remove chicken from oven, place on a plate and cover with foil. Keep warm in oven along with the rice.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 11

Skim off fat from roasting pan, then pour approximately 1/2 cup water into the pan.

Moroccan Chicken preparation step 12

Bring water to a boil, scraping up the browned bits from bottom of pan. Season with salt and pepper. Serve chicken with pan sauce and chickpea rice.