Grilled Moroccan Chicken Citron

One of the beauties of Mediterranean cooking is the creative use of aromatic herbs and spices. This grilled chicken recipe though easy is a great example of well combined spices. Accompany with a dollop of whole fat greek yogurt and a fresh green salad slightly dressed with a honey vinegrette to balance the citrus of the chicken.

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2 whole chickens cut into quarters
4 tbsp minced garlic
3 tbsp fresh minced parsley
3 tbsp fresh minced cilantro
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground ginger
pinch of saffron threads
freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp red chili flakes
juice and zest of 2 lemons
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • Mince the herbs and lemon zest.
  • Combine the chicken with all remaining ingredients, making sure each piece of chicken is evenly covered with the seasoning mixture. Let sit overnight in refrigerator.

1. Clean the grill with a grill brush and a towel. Heat grill on a high setting for 5 minutes.

2. Place chicken on the grill, reduce heat to medium and turn the chicken over every 2 minutes. This will ensure even cooking.

3. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook the chicken for another 10 - 15 minutes. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 160°C



If you do not have a grill or even a grilling pan, use the grill oven setting. Make sure you put a pan underneath to catch the drippings as your oven will get dirty and smell of burnt fat!
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