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Sheet Pan Moroccan Chicken

Photograph by Christina Chavez

This is a great recipe to have in your back pocket for weeknight meals because you can mix and match the spices based on what you have on hand: Greek (lemon+garlic+oregano), Chinese (ginger+garlic+soysauce) or Italian (basil+garlic+tomatoes). You get the picture.

Chicken thighs are a better option for sheet pan meals because they are more moist and won’t dry out in the oven. They’re also less expensive, which is always a plus in my book!

Tip: Get the kids to help with dinner by letting them peel and section the citrus fruit!

Photograph by Christina Chavez

RECIPE: Sheet Pan Moroccan Chicken

Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

● 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 2-inch pieces

● 1 cup chopped onion

● 4 cloves garlic, minced

● 2 satsumas/clementines, peeled and sectioned or mandarins/tangerines, peeled, sectioned with seeds removed

● 1 navel orange, peeled and sectioned

● 1 cup sliced almonds

● 2 teaspoons ginger

● 2 teaspoons cumin

● 2 teaspoons salt (optional)

● 1 teaspoon cinnamon

● 1 teaspoon black pepper

● 1 teaspoon paprika

● 2 tablespoons olive oil

● 1 tablespoon lemon juice

● fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Directions

Move oven rack to center. Heat oven to 425°F.

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Place chicken, onion, garlic, citrus fruit and almonds on a large, rimmed baking sheet.

Combine ginger, cumin, salt (if using), cinnamon, black pepper and paprika together in a small bowl; set aside.

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Drizzle olive oil over chicken.

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Sprinkle with spices. Toss gently to combine.

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Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven and add lemon juice; toss gently to combine. Serve from the sheet pan or place in a serving bowl. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Photograph by Christina Chavez
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