This grilled Moroccan Chicken with Ras El Hanout, garlic, lemon and Moroccan Spices is bursting with so much flavor!  Juicy tender chicken that turns out perfect every time, this recipe is fast and easy! (Grill or stovetop)

Moroccan Chicken with Ras El Hanout, garlic and lemon - a simple healthy recipe, using skinless chicken thighs, bursting with North African flavor! Delicious, fast and easy! #moroccanchicken #raselhanout #moroccanfood #moroccan

This recipe for Moroccan Chicken can be prepared on the grill (our favorite) or on the stovetop. You can use whole thighs, or breasts or turn them into skewers for the grill. However, you choose to make them I know you will love the flavor. The chicken is rubbed with flavorful Ras El Hanout– a flavorful spice blend that you can make at home!

While in Marrakech, we experienced some of the most flavorful Moroccan Chicken at a street vendor, who was grilling up chicken kabobs to the locals. He seasoned the chicken with Ras El Hanout. Simple yet amazing! While organizing my spice drawer a few weeks ago, I found the Ras El Hanout spice blend I purchased in a winding little spice market in Marrakech.  I had forgotten all about it!

I decided to replicate grilled Moroccan Chicken and wanted these spices to shine through, therefore I kept the recipe very simple. It turned out flavorful, juicy with layers of complexity from all the different spices.

You can make the Ras El Hanout from spices you have on hand or purchase this lovely Villa Jerada Ras El Hanout – made in Seattle!

Moroccan Chicken with Ras el Hanout - an aromatic blend of spices used in Moroccan cooking to season tangines, meats, vegetables and stews. #spiceblend #raselhanout

Spices in Moroccan Chicken:

Most often, Moroccan chicken is seasoned with Ras El Hanout, a blend of spices (most often ginger, coriander, cumin, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, turmeric, pepper,  paprika) that varies from region to region in the North African countries of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. No blend is the same!

In Arabic, ras el hanout translates to “top shelf”,  where spice dealers who would blend the very best of their spices, to create an aromatic  “signature” blend—sometimes upwards of 30-40 spices!

Today we will keep it a little more simple!

Moroccan Chicken with Ras El Hanout, garlic and lemon - a simple healthy recipe, using skinless chicken thighs, bursting with North African flavor! Delicious, fast and easy! #moroccanchicken #raselhanout #moroccanfood #moroccan

How to make Moroccan Chicken

  1. Make a paste with Morrocan Spices and olive oil.
  2. Toss chicken with the flavorful Ras El Hanout paste, then grilled it (or pan-sear it) and keep it warm in the oven until ready to serve.
  3. YES, you could absolutely turn this grilled Moroccan Chicken into kebabs which would grill up beautifully!

Grilled Moroccan Chicken with Ras El Hanout, garlic and lemon - a simple healthy recipe, using skinless chicken thighs, bursting with North African flavor! Delicious, fast and easy! #moroccanchicken #raselhanout #moroccanfood #moroccan

What to Serve Moroccan Chicken with:

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Grilled Moroccan Chicken with Ras El Hanout, garlic and lemon - a simple healthy recipe, using skinless chicken thighs, bursting with North African flavor! Delicious, fast and easy! #moroccanchicken #raselhanout #moroccanfood #moroccan

Moroccan Chicken Recipe

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine| Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Chicken, main, grilled
  • Method: grill
  • Cuisine: moroccan


Moroccan Chicken with Ras El Hanout, garlic and lemon – a simple healthy recipe, using skinless chicken thighs, bursting with North African flavor! Delicious, fast and easy! Grill it or pan-sear it!


  1. 2 lbs chicken thighs, boneless and skinless ( or sub chicken breasts)
  2. 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  3. 2 tablespoons ras el hanout spice blend
  4. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  5. 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  6. lemon zest from one small lemon, plus juice for the end
  7. parsley or mint for garnish or Preserved Lemon Gremolata!


Pre-heat the grill to medium-high. (See notes for stovetop)

Make a paste with the olive oil, ras el hanout, salt, garlic and lemon zest, mixing together in a medium bowl.

Add the chicken, and toss to coat all sides well. You could do this a day before and refrigerate.

Grill the thighs over medium-high heat, getting good grill marks on both sides. Move to a cooler side of grill, cover, and grill until cooked through (to 170 F), or place in a warm 350F oven to finish.

Right before serving, Squeeze with lemon and sprinkle with fresh herbs (mint and/or parsley) or make the flavorful Preserved Lemon Gremolata, and spoon over top.


If making skewers, cut chicken into one-inch cubes, toss with marinade, then skewer (making sure to soak wood skewers in water ahead so they don’t burn.) Grill over medium-high heat, getting good grill marks, then finish in a 350 F oven until cooked through.

Feel free to pan-sear the chicken in a large skillet, over medium-high heat, browning each side well, then place in a 375 F oven until cooked all the way through.

You can also bake the chicken on a sheet pan, on the middle rack, uncovered in 425F oven for 30-35 minutes or until internal temp reaches 165 F.

If buying- this Villa Jerada Ras El Hanout is lovely!


  • Serving Size: 5.5 ounces
  • Calories: 272
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 728.5 mg
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 30.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 142 mg

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  1. Just want to say thank you for the Ras El Hanout recipe I decided to use it in a vegetarian style dish which allows it to be set up as little bites My bottom layer could be rice or pasta. I chose to have everything separate for personal choice, as my vegetarians wanted Made steamed asparagus and spinach water slightly seasoned with garlic and ginger water was used in pan for spinach to wilt Set aside
    Then veggies like onion mushrooms peppers etc stir fried with only a hint of REH garlic etc set aside Topped with seasoned tofu seafood or meat with REH. Done as your recipe for chicken thighs suggest Set it up so everyone could enjoy with no cross contamination whether they were or were not vegetarian I did another version with more REH in veggies and a strong garlic teriyaki to marinate topping Just in case it was too spicy
    Thank you so much for the inspiration Finding your ERH recipe and your suggestions was such fun

  2. Hi Sylvia,
    I can’t believe it! I was looking for a chicken thigh recipe with ras el hanout and I found yours! I recognized your face immediately… you catered my wedding 5 1/2 years ago and I don’t know if I ever got a chance to say how perfect it was! THANK YOU!!! I still get compliments all these years later on the menu and presentation! You blew me away and it was NOT an easy crowd! Thank you thank you thank you!! I hope you are well and I can’t wait to try this recipe tonight for dinner!

  3. This recipe is added into our permanent rotation. Marinated it overnight, adding Lemon EVOO. Didn’t have preserved lemons so made a standard gremolata. Serviced with Trader Joe’s Tzatziki. Family and dinner guests raved about it and requested recipe. Can cook in summer or winter. Delicious – thank you Sylvia!

  4. Wow, this was fantastic! Followed the recipe exactly and served alongside your Moroccan Lentil Salad. The flavors were so delicious, and it was lovely to eat outside with a delicious glass of wine.

  5. I give this an enthusiastic 5🌟!! So great!! This was a wonderful experience to put all these spices together! I followed the recipe exactly, except used a lime instead of a lemon, with mint over all!!

  6. This was a very tasty recipe. The only criticism I have was that it was too salty. The
    Ras el Hanout I used had sea salt as the fourth ingredient, so I would caution cooks
    to look at the ingredients in the Ras el Hanout they are using. This recipe is definitely a
    keeper, but next time I will eliminate the 2 teaspoons of kosher salt. Thank you for
    a wonderful and exotic chicken.

  7. This was devastatingly delicious !!!
    We have an unknown jar of Ras El Hanout spice in the pantry. The lemon zest pulls this together. I love salt and what it does for chicken but next time I may cut the salt by a 25-50 percent. Ah heck no. Leave it salty. The paste marinade was applied about 6 hours before cooking. Used charcoal BBQ which adds character. Served it with brown rice mixed with chopped figs, scallions, and grape tomatoes, and a Raita of yogurt cucumber and garlic. Holy cow !!

  8. Great recipe but I cannot tolerate all he ads. Too distracting. As I type this there are seven all in motion. Popping up and down. I’m not up for the challenge of fighting to get a recipe. Sorry,

  9. I made this a couple of nights ago and cooked it in the oven. It was so delicious and easy! I also made your labneh recipe to go with the chicken – also easy and so very good. Your approach to food and cooking is very closely aligned with how I do things, except you are a trained chef – so my cooking is getting seriously elevated. The photography is beautiful! My only wish is that I could pay somehow for your expertise and get rid of all the super annoying ads.

    1. Sorry about the ads -I know they are annoying. Having the site set up this way makes the recipes accessible to everyone, so that is why I do it. I’m happy you liked the recipe. OH! Kathryn, use the Skip to Recipe button at the top to avoid most of the ads. 🙂

  10. So quick and yummy! We ran out of ras el hanout that we bought in Morocco. Your recipe for the spice blend is perfect!

  11. I have no access to a grill in my downtown condo but started this on sauté in my Instant Pot, pressure cooked it for 4 minutes and finished it on sauté. It was delicious! I did a relish with carrot, red onion and a bit of rice vinegar and topped it with a yogurt, dill and honey sauce.

  12. So delicious and flavorful, we made these again as soon as we could. I’m curious if it would taste good with some type of yogurt sauce on the side as well!

  13. Made this last night for dinner and everyone loved it. I served it with corn on the cob, watermelon and cucumber salad and a shirataki noodle stir fry. The entire dinner fit together perfectly for a hot summer night. I would have loved to see if the chicken would have tasted better the next day but there were no leftovers! Another winner Sylvia!

  14. I really want to make this for some friends who have just had a baby but wondered, how would I need to adapt the cooking time and temp for ‘boned’ thighs?

    1. I would just give them a good sear on the grill- deep grill marks on each side- and finish in a 400 F oven (uncovered) until cooked through (internal temp 170F).

  15. This recipe looks really good! My favorite part is that is looks pretty easy to make. I think it’ll be a food recipe to add to my meal prep. Thanks!

  16. Made this tonight in the oven! Propane was out on the grill and I already had the chicken marinating in the fridge. Out of this world delicious!!! Thanks so much for your inspiring recipes!

    1. Thanks Missy! I appreciate this so much and so glad you liked it!!! Hey If you get a chance could you rate the recipe? (using the “stars”?) Thanks… it helps Google find it. 😉

  17. I used to have ras el hanout but I ran out of it. Trader Joe’s used to carry it but they no longer do. Do you know where we could get some of this locally, I live in Spokane.

    1. I wonder if Huckleberries has it? Or bulk section of Rosauers? I will put a recipe out for it in the next day or so!

    2. Order it like everything else, on Amazon. If you have prime it will be there the next day, or the day after that.

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