Grilled Moroccan Chicken + Anti Inflammatory Spices

Grilled Moroccan Spiced Chicken / Warming spices and a simple marinade make this chicken moist and flavorful.

We are really loving the Oregon summer! The predictably warm weather in Malaysia can get. . . boring. Having cool mornings and evenings, and even the occasional cool day in August keeps things interesting!

We’ve had days we’ve huddled inside and made warming summer soups, and days we’ve played all day in the backyard grilling up dishes like this chicken.

Grilled Moroccan Spiced Chicken / Warming spices and a simple marinade make this chicken moist and flavorful.

Last weekend was spent hiding from the 100 degree temps at the lake waterskiing, and hanging out with my adorable niece and nephew at my brother’s house. I love seeing Xander bond with his cousins.

My nephew is 3, and getting way too smart. On Saturday night, we made a fruit pizza. The most beautiful one I’ve ever seen. :) As we were putting on the fruit, I suggested we should put the fruit in a pattern. The next morning, we were making pancakes, and my nephew wanted chocolate chips. I told him his choices were blueberries or peaches. “Blueberries. And chocolate chips. We can make a pattern.” Too smart for his 3 short years!

Fruit Pizza

Anti Inflammatory Spices

Why should we care about inflammation? Inflammation is the cause of many chronic illnesses, such as arthritis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. The typical American diet is inflammatory (processed grains, saturated and trans fats, sugars).

There are many ways to reduce inflammation in the body, including eating more fiber, less sugar, and more Omega-3 fatty acids.

A tasty way to dress up those veggies and fish? Adding spices with anti-inflammatory properties.

Ginger and Turmeric are 2 out of the top 4 anti inflammatory spices. Cinnamon and cayenne are two others that top this list of health-enhancing spices.

Meat, including chicken, is naturally inflammatory. Instead of going vegan, a more moderate approach to protect your health is to mitigate the inflammation with heavy doses of healing spices!

Grilled Moroccan Spiced Chicken / Warming spices and a simple marinade make this chicken moist and flavorful.

Tips for Grilled Moroccan Chicken

  • The marinade is no fuss- if you only have 15 minutes to let it sit, it will help! However, the longer the better. I usually aim for 2-3 hours, but overnight is better.
  • Using a marinade makes it much easier to keep chicken moist. However, cooking on too high of a heat will end up turning your chicken into jerky regardless of how you’ve prepped it! I start my chicken over the hottest part of the grill (usually the center), and after the bottom side has nice grill marks, I move it to the edge away from the high heat, and continue to grill slowly until chicken is cooked through.

Grilled Moroccan Spiced Chicken / Warming spices and a simple marinade make this chicken moist and flavorful.

 

Grilled Moroccan Chicken

Yields 3

This super flavorful and moist chicken is full of anti-inflammatory spices. It's a perfect match for the BBQ. I also have pan fried this chicken with great results.

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • scant 1/8 teaspoon coriander
  • scant 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (this is mild- add more to taste)

Instructions

  1. In a covered dish, drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over chicken.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together spices and salt. Evening coat chicken in spices.
  3. Refrigerate and marinate for 2 hours to overnight.
  4. Heat up the BBQ grill to a medium-hot temperature. Add chicken, and leave on about 5 minutes, or until grill marks have been made.
  5. Move chicken away from the heat, and continue to cook on a lower heat for 15-25 minutes, occasionally flipping the chicken, until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Remove from heat, and allow to settle for 5 minutes before cutting or serving.
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Grilled Moroccan Spiced Chicken / Warming spices and a simple marinade make this chicken moist and flavorful.

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