Cooking Nook Logo
Forks with food on them

Moroccan Chicken Recipe

Moroccan chicken

I love Moroccan recipes so I was excited to try this Moroccan chicken recipe a friend gave me.

Middle Eastern recipes are some of by absolute favorites. They are warm and spicy without being hot, healthy without being ordinary and flavorful with still using ingredients we all probably have in our cupboards.

I think you will enjoy this healthy chicken recipe for all the same reasons. Plus it is so easy to put together, you will have lots of time to do other things as it bakes away in the oven.

Although you would think that these two cuisines couldn’t be farther apart, both cinnamon and cumin are common spices found in Moroccan cuisine and in Mexican cooking. They are combined quite differently with other flavorings and foods though, resulting two delicious, but quite different, cuisines.

This is a wonderful gluten free recipe. It is good for diabetics too, unless you are super sensitive to carbohydrates. If so, the bit of honey and the currants may be too much for you. Try it and judge for yourself. You can replace the honey with coconut sugar if you need or want too. It is much easier on blood sugar.

Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan Chicken Recipe

This Moroccan chicken recipe is warm and spicy without being too hot. It's healthy and flavorful and uses ingredients we all probably have in our cupboards.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 465 kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts, boneless skinless or chicken pieces
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almonds, toasted & slivered


  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF (160ºC).
  • Brown the chicken in oil and place it in a large baking dish. Meanwhile, lightly sauté the onion and garlic. Spoon this mixture over the chicken.
  • Combine the salsa, water, currants, honey, cumin and cinnamon and pour it over the chicken. Cover the baking dish and bake in preheated 325ºF oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Sprinkle with almonds.


Calories: 465kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 43gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 1119mgPotassium: 1259mgFiber: 6gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 693IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 122mgIron: 3mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Serves 4

I would serve this chicken recipe with Moroccan chickpea tagine with quinoa and apricots or a simple, but flavorful, rice pilaf.


Don’t worry about the salsa seeming out of place in this recipe. If you use a plain mild or medium salsa it will be perfect. One that is quite seasoned or possibly a specialty salsa may not be suitable. You need something plain enough that the spices you add will stand out and meld all the flavors together.

The almonds are optional, but they add a wonderful crunch to the dish, plus added nutrition, so I would really recommend that you add them.

To find more healthy chicken recipes, like our Moroccan chicken recipe, browse here.

Subscribe to the site here (it’s Free!) and never miss a great recipe.

Use the comment form below to let me know how it works for you.

If you like this recipe, I would really appreciate it if you share it on social media. Thanks.

Moroccan Chicken

diabetic recipe

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.