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Moroccan Chicken




This has hands-down become my favorite dinner to make for the family lately. It has tons of flavor, but it's not spicy for kids with delicate taste buds (unless you're my son who eats raw onions as if they were candy).

I made this the other night and Kenya had a blast helping me measure out all the spices. Simple little activities like dumping spices into a sauce may seem boring to adults, but to kids it's a blast. He loved smelling and tasting each spice while we were cooking and eating the final dish (which takes no time to prepare). For this recipe I used chicken thighs because they're inexpensive, but you could also use breasts if you have them on hand.

Served with a scoop of couscous, this dish will be a hit with even the tiniest eaters in your family.

Moroccan Chicken  (Serves 4)

  • Cook Time: 25 mins,
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This has hands-down become my favorite dinner to make for the family lately. It has tons of flavor, but it's not spicy for kids with delicate taste buds (unless you're my son who eats raw onions as if they were candy). I made this the other night...


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pounds chicken thighs, skinless


  1. 1. In a large saute pan heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. 2. Saute the onions for 5 minutes or until translucent.
  3. 3. Add the spices and tomatoes, bring to a boil.
  4. 4. Add the garbanzo beans and chicken to the sauce mixture and stir to coat.
  5. 5. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  6. 6. Serve.
Moroccan Chicken

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  1. HL

    September 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Have you ever tried this in the crockpot? I’d love to know how you did it if so… still in a phase where its easier to make dinner during naps!

  2. Chris B

    January 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Do you think this recipe would work well with shrimp instead of chicken? I was thinking of using shrimp and adding it to the tomato, onion, and chickpea mixture at about the last 4 minutes of simmering. What do you think?

    • Catherine McCord

      January 21, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      I think that sounds delicious!

  3. Suzy

    August 13, 2014 at 9:29 am

    We made this last night and it was so easy and fantastic. We served it with jasmine rice, which went very well. Thank you so much!

  4. matthew

    May 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Without asking them to delete it, is there a way i can delete my own blog comments on someone else’s blog? Please help(:.

  5. Ashley

    May 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Just wanted to comment and say THANK YOU Catherine for sharing delicious recipes with us! I found this one a couple years ago and it’s become a favorite in our house. I always serve with whole wheat couscous and steamed baby carrots…delish & easy!

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  7. debra

    April 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Catherine

    The small and taste of this is great! When I made it, the sauce is very liquidy. I am just wondering if this is suppose to happen or if this is a way to ensure it’s not so liquidy.


  8. Tracy

    March 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve wanted to try this dish for awhile, but my family does not like cumin. Do you recommend a substitute (smoked paprika? garam masala? curry powder?) or should we just leave it out?
    Thank you!

    • catherine

      March 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      I think you could leave it out if you wanted to. It adds so much flavor, though. I would replace it with chili powder (but that can be spicy so maybe use just half the amount). Ground corriander would probably work as well. Paprika would be delicious, but a much different flavor. I hope this helps!

      • Tracy

        March 19, 2013 at 12:27 am

        It was delicious with coriander. Thank you so much for the quick and helpful reply!

  9. Jen

    January 1, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I double the recipe, use chicken breasts cut into 1/3s or 1/4s and throw it all in the crock pot (high for about 2 hours). Before serving, I shred the chicken, mix it back together and serve it on a bed of couscous. We LOVE this recipe. The flavors are so rich and different and yummy! Guests have loved it as well.

  10. Luck

    November 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Catherine, do you have to cook the garbanzo beans before adding it to the recipe or is the 20 min cooking along with the chicken enough?

    • catherine

      November 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      The 20 min is long enough for them to cook!

  11. hedip

    October 24, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I made some tweaks to this recipe based on other Moroccan chicken recipes I’ve tried. I added 1 tsp tumeric, carrots, zucchini (to up the veggies), raisins and squeezed in 1/2 a lemon at the end. Utterly delicious!!

  12. Michelle

    October 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Could you tell me what brand and where you got your electric saute pan? I can’t seem to find a good one that looks as durable as yours in this video. Also, is it easy to clean??

  13. Toni

    October 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Turns out my 4 year old loves garbanzo beans (but not the 2 year old;). And my husband and I thought it was delish :) It’s easy to get stuck in a dinner rut so thank you for inspiring us to try new things!

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      February 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm

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  14. Laurie

    September 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Super yummy and super easy! My husband was skeptical, but ended up having seconds and my 14 month old gobbled it up as well. Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes and ideas. Just bought your cookbook yesterday and can’t wait to check it out!!

  15. Jenni

    August 27, 2012 at 1:36 am

    This has become a family favorite! My toddler is an extremely picky eater and I have such a hard time getting him to eat anything other than white rice or fruit, but he will eat this dish. Thanks so much! Even my husband will eat this, garbanzo beans and all! Just one thing: I like to squeeze a bit of lemon over it once it’s done.

  16. Lillian

    August 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I’m trying this tonight! I’ll let you know how it turns out! If it’s really good I’ll blog about it! I’m sure it will be!

  17. friba

    May 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    can i ask what you are using to cook the chicken in? looks like a great appliance to have

  18. Nechama22

    May 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I used boneless, skinless breasts bc my family doesn’t like dark meat. Although the taste was outstanding, the chicken was mushy when i cooked it in the sauce. Next time I decided to brown the chicken in a little olive oil seasoned with salt and pepper, THEN cook it in the sauce. I’ll see how it turns out! Great recipe!

  19. Kendall

    April 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I would love to bulk this up with some veggies, what would you suggest to add to it?

  20. Sylvia Kinnee

    April 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Made this last night. Very good and easy! I did add some honey to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes and also some garlic powder, cause we love garlic. This dish was a delicious new tasty way to prepare some chicken breasts!

    • Lillian

      August 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      love your garlic idea…I’m making it tonight and will do that also!

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  24. Desiree C

    October 23, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Just tried this tonight & it was amazing!!! My husband ate 2 bowls plus my 23 month old’s leftovers!!! Thanks for the new staple!!

  25. Chris B

    October 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    This is probably my favorite recipe from this site – I’ve been making it for months. So delicious and easy, and even my picky 4 year old will eat the cous cous and garbanzo beans (hopefully some day she’ll try the chicken)! It’s become a standard go-to dinner in our house. Thank you!!

  26. Serena

    October 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    This was delicious and my favorite part, EASY! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

  27. sinead

    October 13, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Can this be frozen? Not sure how the whole chickpeas will fair? Thanks so much

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    October 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm

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    October 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Looking forward to making sweet potato casserole with turkey.

  30. Susan S.

    October 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I am always looking for tasty chicken receipes that kids will enjoy! Looking forward to trying this one!

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    October 8, 2011 at 8:22 am

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  32. Sarah Graham

    October 8, 2011 at 8:13 am

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  33. Katie | Healthnut Foodie

    October 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    We totally have all the same placemats! Do you giggle about the similarities?!? I do!

  34. Catherine Beebe

    October 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I love Moroccan food; I will try this recipe tomorrow night!
    (p.s. can you correct the spelling in the link, please? “Moraccan” should be Moroccan)

  35. sherry

    October 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm


  36. Mrs. Price

    July 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Wonderful, quick, and easy! It was a hit with everyone!

  37. Maria

    May 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Made the vegetarian version of this recipe (just without chicken) and was so delicious!

  38. Dani

    March 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I cannot even express how delicious this was.

    Even my picky 16 month old started eating off my plate and wound up eating half my serving!

  39. Lorrie

    November 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

    do you think i could make this in the crock pot?

    • catherine

      November 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm

      i don’t see why not! it would be soo good!

  40. Liz

    October 8, 2010 at 6:28 am

    This was good – but for us, the canned tomatoes came on a little too strong. I think next time I’d use fresh, and maybe fresh ginger too… although as is it’s a pretty simple weeknight meal. I wonder how adding a bit of yogurt would go over???

  41. Rebecca

    September 26, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Delicious! My son devored it and so did my husband, who hates chickpeas.

  42. Stephanie

    September 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    This was delicious thanks! i used chicken breasts because that is what i had and fresh ginger instead of ground and it worked out great. I also didn’t have couscous, so I used quinoa. Awesome!

  43. HS

    July 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

    this was super easy! i messed up and put in too much Paprika tho – getting distracted by children and i read it as a Tbsp instead of a Tsp. But worked out in the end – and used tomato sauce instead of canned tomatoes. Even my picky 6yr old boy ate it up!
    i also used organic chicken – yum

  44. Shelly

    January 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Super yummy, super easy, super affordable (I even used mostly organic ingredients!) Definitely went in to my recipe box!!!

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  46. Naomi

    January 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I have it on my list to make a Moroccan style dish this week. I have a few I enjoy – veggie versions too. Yours sounds great, simple and delicious, with a list of ingredients that isn’t too long. You’re right too – very kid friendly. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Suzanne Teller

    January 6, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for this recipe! I’d like to try it out tonight.. but I have turkey thighs in the fridge, not chicken thighs! How much extra time do you think I’d need to let this simmer?

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    January 6, 2010 at 1:35 am


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