Spiced without being overly spicy, this Low FODMAP Moroccan Chicken is a delicious alternative to plain, grilled chicken.
This Moroccan spice blend is one of my favorites. It is packed with Mediterranean flavor from spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric. This marinade is easy to make and produces tender, juicy, oh-so-flavorful chicken every. single. time.
Chicken Thighs vs. Chicken Breasts
I might raise a few eyebrows when I say that I prefer eating chicken thighs over breasts. Chicken breasts have lower total fat and saturated fat content compared to thighs, but the difference isn’t that great when comparing skinless chicken breasts with skinless chicken thighs:
- Chicken Breast (3 oz.): Fat 7g, Saturated fat 2g, Protein 25g, Iron 4%
- Chicken Thigh (3 oz.): Fat 13g, Saturated fat 3.5g, Protein 21g, Iron 6%
Chicken thighs are often more affordable than chicken breasts. And, because of the slightly higher fat content, they are have more flavor and are less likely to dry out when cooking.
Although I prefer to use chicken thighs, I’m not saying one is better than the other. We each have unique nutritional needs, and in my opinion, no single food is good or bad. Feel free to use either in this and most other chicken recipes. 🙂
To make Low FODMAP Moroccan Chicken you will need:
- Garlic-infused olive oil is a FODMAP-friendly way to add garlicky flavor. It’s my go-to low FODMAP garlic substitute.
- Spices including paprika, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and optional cayenne pepper for all the Moroccan-inspired flavor.
- Boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
Make the marinade. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic-infused olive oil, spices (paprika, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and cayenne pepper).
Marinate. Transfer mixture to a gallon ziptop bag or glass container with a lid. Add chicken and mix to coat. Seal and place the chicken in the refrigerator to marinate.
Grill or broil. When you’re ready to eat, preheat grill (or broiler) on high. If using the broiler, I will coat a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray before adding the chicken. Cook the chicken thighs for 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked.*
*I recommend using a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part to double-check that it is done. Chicken is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Serve warm with your favorite sides. Check out the serving suggestions below for some ideas. You can also store the cooked chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Serve this with
For a boost of whole grains and veggies, pair this Moroccan Chicken with Low FODMAP Quinoa Tabbouleh.
Serve Moroccan chicken over a bed of crunchy romaine with diced tomatoes, diced cucumbers, Kalamata olives, and Low FODMAP Lemon Vinaigrette.
Pair this flavorful chicken with simple sides, like steamed baby red potatoes and Low FODMAP Tomato Salad with Cucumbers.
Looking for something even easier? Try this Low FODMAP Moroccan Chicken with Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Brown Rice or Minute® Brown Rice (seasoned with a squeeze of lemon juice), a handful of baby carrots, and a handful of olives. For dessert, enjoy an orange or a couple of squares of dark chocolate.
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Spiced without being overly spicy, this Low FODMAP Moroccan Chicken is a delicious alternative to plain, grilled chicken!
- ¼ cup garlic-infused olive oil
- 2 teaspoons ground paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- 1 (20-ounce) package boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts)
- In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except chicken. Transfer mixture to a gallon ziptop bag or glass container with a lid. Add chicken and mix to coat. Seal and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least an hour but ideally 8 hours.
- When ready to eat, preheat grill (or broiler) on high. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding any leftover marinade. Grill chicken thighs for 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked. I recommend using a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part to double-check that it is done. Chicken is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
- Serve warm with your favorite low FODMAP sides.
Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to three days.
Low FODMAP serving: One serving uses low FODMAP amounts of ingredients.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: Moroccan
Keywords: marinade, rub, spice blend