Moroccan Chicken Recipe Makes Easy Dinner

Moroccan Chicken Recipe for Easy Dinner
The fascinating thing about Moroccan cuisine is the wide variety of spices and herbs they use in their dishes.

Such a plethora of amazing flavors running the gamut from spicy peppers to savory herbs to “sweet” spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.  I say “sweet” spices, because I most often think of those spices being used in baking and sweet goods.

Using only a few of those spices, I loved the way this Moroccan Ginger Lime Chicken turned out (it’s even dairy-free and gluten-free)!  It works best if you make the time to marinade the chicken thoroughly before cooking.

One of the best things about this recipe is that the chicken cooks under the broiler for only about 15 or 20 minutes, so cooking it doesn’t heat up the whole kitchen (perfect for a summer meal in Texas)!

Throw it in the fridge in the morning (or the night before) to marinade until you’re ready to cook dinner, knowing your entire meal will be ready in less than 30 minutes at that point.

I chopped up and combined the green onions, fresh ginger, lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne (basically everything but the chicken pieces) and tossed them in a Ziploc bag.

ingredients for Moroccan chicken recipe for easy dinner

I added skinless boneless tenderloins (but you can use your favorite chicken pieces), and made sure they were covered with the seasoning mixture before tossing them in the fridge for the night.

marinating moroccan chicken recipe for easy dinner

When I was ready to cook them up for dinner, I lined a baking sheet (with sides) with aluminum foil and coated it lightly with cooking spray.  Then I placed the chicken pieces on the pan, discarding the bag and remaining marinade.

moroccan chicken recipe ready to broil for easy dinner

With the broiler turned on High, I placed the pan in the oven and cooked for about 15 minutes (but it might need up to 25 minutes depending on your oven and the size and type of chicken pieces you are using).  Cook until the thickest part of the chicken registers 165 degrees F.

broiled moroccan chicken recipe for easy dinner

While that is cooking, toss together a light green salad or fruit salad, and cook a little couscous or rice for serving with the chicken.  I also like having it with green beans or potatoes.

And now your easy dinner is ready, full of a range of middle eastern spices and flavors, making a delicious meal for the whole family.

Moroccan Chicken Recipe for easy dinner

Moroccan Ginger Lime Chicken (for 6) – (click title to access recipe for printing and saving)

Ingredients:
· 1/4 cup chopped green onion or scallion

· 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger

· 2 tablespoons olive oil

· 1 tablespoon lime zest

· 2 tablespoons lime juice

· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

· 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg OR ground nutmeg

· 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

· 12 small skinless bone-in chicken thighs OR skinless tenderloins

Directions:

1. Pat chicken pieces dry and place in a ziploc bag or on a foil-covered pan.  Mix together all the seasonings with the olive oil and lime juice and spread over chicken pieces on the pan or pour over them in the bag.

2. Refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours until ready to cook.

3. When ready to cook, line broiler pan or baking sheet with sides with foil and coat the foil lightly with cooking spray.

4. Broil the chicken under a broiler on high heat until thickest part of chicken pieces registers 165 degrees F (about 15 to 25 minutes depending on the type and size of chicken pieces).

This is such an easy chicken recipe, and a great one for kids to help out with, learning how to season, marinate, and broil chicken for dinner.  What will you serve with your Moroccan Chicken this week? Leave us a comment below with your ideas and suggestions.  We love to hear from you!

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Fabulous Grilling and BBQ Recipes Dad Will Love

 

 

Fabulous Grilling and BBQ Recipes Dad Will LoveWith Father’s Day just around the corner, we’re dishing up dinner ideas for the man of the hour (and superhero) – Dad!

Whether he does the grilling or the family is grilling up something delicious for him, we have some great recipe ideas for you.

If you have younger children, Grilled Lemon and Herb Salmon Packets are a great thing for them to help put together for Dad.  They can pile the ingredients into the foil packets and get them ready for the grill.  Salmon with rice, thin carrots slices, seasonings, fresh chives and lemon all cooked up on the grill in foil packets for easy cooking and clean-up.

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Does Dad enjoy ribs? Slow Roasted Baby Back BBQ Ribs is an easy recipe to dish up for him.  Cook these up slow for a couple of hours in the oven (at only 225 degrees, so it won’t heat up the house) and then put on the grill for a few minutes before serving.

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If you want to make your own BBQ sauce to go with it, here’s a great video and BBQ sauce recipe from Chef Tips.

Thinking about some grilled steak and shrimp for Dad?  That’s super easy, too, with the Ultimate Grilled Steak recipe; allow time to marinade the steak for at least 30 minutes (a couple of hours is even better).  Throw it on the grill, and it’s ready to eat in about 15 minutes (depending on how well done Dad likes it).

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Toss some shrimp on skewers and throw them on the grill for the last few minutes, too, for a superhero dinner of steak and shrimp.  It’s best to use fresh shrimp (peeled – except for the part at the tail – and deveined).  Skewer them and brush with a little melted butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper (and a little garlic powder or cayenne pepper, if you desire); grill for 2-3 minutes on each side until outsides are pink (not too long, so they don’t get tough).  Voila! Delicious and easy shrimp recipe.

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Grilled Chicken Tacos also make a delicious meal ready to serve straight off the grill with some tortillas, pepper jack cheese and a squeeze of lime.

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What does your Dad enjoy eating on Father’s Day?  Do you have family traditions or favorites?  Do you always grill or does he?  Leave us a comment with your ideas or favorites, and take a moment to share us with your friends if you enjoyed.

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Cheesy Tortellini and Chicken Bake {Recipe}

 


Cheesy Tortellini and Chicken Bake Recipe
Our Cheesy Tortellini and Chicken Bake recipe is a quick and easy recipe for dishing up a weeknight family dinner with about 5 ingredients and very little time.

It does need to bake for about 45 minutes, but you can dump the ingredients together and throw it all in the oven in about 5 minutes.

First, you’ll gather a package of refrigerated cheese tortellini (or your favorite flavor of tortellini), a jar of spaghetti sauce (or homemade sauce, if you have it), some beef broth, garlic powder, and chopped cooked chicken.  (Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.)

Ingredients for Cheesy Tortellini and Chicken Bake Recipe

If you don’t have cooked chicken on hand, you’ll need an extra 15-20 minutes of prep time to get that ready.  Easily cook up some chicken by tossing some skinless, boneless chicken pieces into a skillet with a little olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and cook 10-15 minutes until cooked through; then chop it up.

In a large bowl, stir together the chicken, tortellini, spaghetti sauce, beef broth, and garlic powder.

Cheesy Tortellini and Chicken Bake Ingredients in Bowl

Pour all of it into a baking dish (either 13-x-9-inch or 2-quart casserole), and cover with a lid or some aluminum foil.  Bake for 45 minutes in the pre-heated 350 degree oven.

Remove the dish from the oven and remove the covering.  Stir gently to make sure sauce is covering everything.  Top with a little grated mozzarella and allow to sit for 5 minutes until the cheese is slightly melted.

Cheesy Tortellini and Chicken Bake Recipe

Serve up with a side salad, some cooked zucchini or green beans, and some crusty bread, if you like.

This recipe is great for freezing portions and pulling out another time for an easy meal – or dish some up in a disposable container to take to a friend or family member for their family!

Cheesy Tortellini and Chicken Bake (serves 8)
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Ingredients:
▪ 2 cups cooked chopped chicken

▪ 30 ounces of spaghetti sauce (or a little more or less, as you prefer)

▪ 1 cup beef broth

▪ 1 package refrigerated cheese tortellini (such as Buitoni)

▪ 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

▪ 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese, for topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine chicken, spaghetti sauce, tortellini, broth, and garlic powder in a large bowl.

Pour ingredients into 9-x-13-inch baking dish or 2-quart casserole dish; top with a lid or aluminum foil.

Bake 45 minutes; top with mozzarella and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

I hope you enjoy this delicious and easy pasta and chicken bake recipe as much as our family did this week!  If you have ideas for variations or other thoughts about the dish, please leave us a comment below and let us know.

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