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Moroccan Chicken Thighs Recipe

Moroccan Chicken Thighs Recipe

“My husband and I love Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. This recipe has lots of flavor and is one of our favorites.” Susan Mills - Three Rivers, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 40 min. YIELD:2 servings


  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • SAUCE:
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 4 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons slivered almonds, toasted


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Set aside 1 teaspoon spice mixture; add flour to remaining mixture and sprinkle over chicken.
  • 2. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown chicken in oil on both sides. Remove and keep warm. Add shallots to the pan; cook and stir over medium heat for 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup broth and dates. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; return chicken to the pan.
  • 3. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Remove chicken and keep warm. Combine flour with reserved spice mixture and remaining broth until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cilantro.
  • 4. For couscous, in a small saucepan, bring the water, broth, salt and cumin to a boil. Stir in couscous. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand for 5-10 minutes or until water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, then stir in almonds. Serve with chicken and sauce. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 644 calories, 24g fat (6g saturated fat), 174mg cholesterol, 685mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 4g fiber), 57g protein .

Reviews for Moroccan Chicken Thighs

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ConnieK 91944
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2013

"I bought a case of couscous and was looking for recipes to make it. Found this and am so glad I did. This is incredible, so flavorful. Recipe sound complicate with a lengthy ingredient list but it is not complicated at all and most of the ingredients are items I usually have on hand. Will definitely be making this again, soon. Thanks for sharing."

gourmetwanttabe 82563
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2013

"awesome flavor"

Beanski 91943
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"This is a winner! I don't normally do anything fancy on a school night, but this was a snap. I tripled the recipe, put the chicken in a baking dish in a 200 degree oven to keep warm while I cooked the onions (didn't have shallots). I love dates, but only had dried apricots and they tasted great. Next time I will double the sauce too! Really great recipe!"

truejoie 157540
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"This was really yummy, I have to agree the sauce was so good. I loved the dates with it as well. I don't think I will make it often though because it is a bit lengthy."

Aisy0714 64230
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"As a mediocre cook...I tend to shy away from recipes that look involved...however, I must say...this is prob the best chicken dish I have ever tasty!!! Amazing...simply amazing!"

indyhannah1 111205
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"What a great dish! The sauce was simply delish. My 9-yr-old picky eater gave me the thumbs-up. A definite keeper!"

bigmamacooks 91884
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"I doubled the sauce ingredients in anticipation of a great flavor. I was not disappointed! I am always in awe of how well cinnamon and meat go together. I am going to think of other uses for the spice blend in this recipe!"

s_pants 141521
Reviewed May. 16, 2011

"Such good flavor! I loved the chicken with the couscous and sauce...all went together so well."

jnettmcb 91883
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"I've made this several times for my family of 3, doubling the recipe so as to have leftovers and each time I NEVER have leftovers... we (or I should say my 16 yr old son) eat it all! Yummy!"

kcgardener 82546
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Made this last weekend... SOO GOOD!!! made a few adjustments a little more cinn. and threw in a little more after tasting ... My husband wasn't sure about Moraccan cooking but he ate the last little bit!!! < LOL still saying didn't know about the cinn>>>> WILL MAKE AGAIN!!!"

Derby5 159025
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"Very tasty and easy to prepare. I substituted 1/4 cup raisins for the dates and used whole wheat couscous."

MY REVIEW 208059
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2010

"Delicious! I used boneless/skinless thighs and served the dish with Moroccan-style carrots (carrots cooked and tossed with garlic, olive oil. cilantro, s&p, and feta cheese). Leftovers reheated well for lunch the next day."

irishyee 82541
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2009

"My husband loved it! He is usually skeptical when I try something new, but this is so delicious and easy. It is one I would prepare for guests!! Thanks"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.