Moroccan Chicken is bursting with flavor and will quickly become one of your family’s favorites! It’s fast, affordable and super easy to make. 


This Moroccan Chicken dish has hands-down become my favorite dinner to make for the family lately. The spices add so much flavor, and the chicken comes out so delicious and juicy. I still can’t get over how easy it is to make. It was ready in less than 30 minutes. It has tons of flavor, like I said, but it’s not spicy if you’re concerned for kids with delicate taste buds (unless your kids are like my son who eats raw onions like they’re candy). 


I made this the other night, and Gemma 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 super fun. She 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 and stay nice and juicy, but you could also use breasts if you have them on hand. I love making this recipe because it’s a one pot recipe. Everything cooks together in one dish, so the clean up couldn’t be easier! It’s the perfect recipe for a busy weeknight when you want to get dinner on the table and cleaned up at quickly as possible. 


It’s always great to have classic chicken recipe that you can have at the ready when you need to whip up a quick dinner for your family. If you’re looking for more you should definitely try my Lemon Herb ChickenRoast Chicken with Caramelized Lemons, Cherry Tomatoes and Olives or have any these 6 Chicken Marinades ready to go.


I promise this Moroccan Chicken recipe won’t disappoint. Serve with a scoop of couscous, and this dish will be a hit with even the tiniest eaters in your family!


Moroccan Chicken

5 from 1 vote
Author: Catherine McCord
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 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 kosher salt
  • 1 15 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pound chicken thighs, skinless


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


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1010mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. 5 stars
    I make this in the crockpot with skinless breasts and then shred the chicken so it’s like a stew. Serve over couscous. It’s delicious! It’s my go to when I’m bringing a meal to someone because it’s different and reheats nicely.

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

  7. […] Moroccan Chicken – this link will take you to the weelicious site for Catherine’s recipe. Just a couple of notes here – 1.) I make this in my slow cooker all the time and it’s fab and 2.) I at least DOUBLE all the spices in the recipe except for the salt. […]

  8. 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.


  9. 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. 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?

  11. 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. 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. We use cloth here most all the time, except for when there is meat, eggs, etc.. inlvoved. The older inserts from the boys’ diapers, make great dust rags and such. I’m all for the “family” cloth thing as well. I know it sounds weird, but I’ve never bought maxi pads, when I occasionally use them. I actually make my own. Just store the “used” ones in a shallow bucket filled with cold water (also has a lid) and throw in with the diapers when I wash. I drain the “used” water and water the houseplants with it. The plants love it.LOVE CLOTH and plan to keep on using until it falls apart.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. Just thought you’d like to know – I was browsing your site for dinner ideas, and when I scrolled past this post my 2 1/2 year old yelled out “THAT ONE! I WANT THAT ONE!”. The prince has spoken 🙂

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

  22. 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!!

  23. I get so frustrated planning weekly meals, but since my friend introduced me to your site, my weeks have been a bit easier. I am looking forward to seeing recipes that line up with seasonal cooking since I live in an area where fresh food isn’t always available. Thanks for making life healthy for so many of us.

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

  25. I love your website & all your recipes! I have a 5-year-old, a 4-year-old, and an 8-month-old, and I love that I can make just about all of your recipes and the entire family can enjoy them. I have actually printed out a ton of your recipes & put them in a 3-ring binder – this is my cookbook! So thankful for you & your website! 🙂

  26. 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)

  27. 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!

  28. 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

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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?

  32. Yum!!

    I love how easy to follow the recipes on the site are. I am always looking for great ways to cook tofu and was a huge fan of your recent post. And I’m always looking for healthier ways to make some of my favorite ethnic foods … so this one is terrific. Thank you.

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