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Grilled Moroccan Chicken Skewers

These flavor-packed grilled Moroccan chicken skewers make for a perfect summer dinner, and they’re easy enough for weeknights! Serve them with rice and your favorite veg side. 

Grilled Moroccan chicken skewers set out over parchment paper with a grilled lemon half on the side.

Mediterranean food is huge on flavor, but Moroccan cuisine takes it to the next level with its influence of Arab, Berber, Andalusi, and Mediterranean fare. In fact, one of their most common spice blends—ras el hanout—is made up of 27 spices! These delectable grilled Moroccan chicken skewers are rubbed with a more basic and accessible version of this blend, but the flavor is far from stripped down with its savory, spiced, and slightly smoky essence.

What’s in a Moroccan spice blend?

This blend is an amalgam of ordinary spices you probably have kickin’ around in your pantry that, together, create something extraordinary.

  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Turmeric
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cardamom
  • Ground coriander
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Cayenne
  • Ground cloves
  • Salt and pepper

However, most spice aisles are stocked with already-made Moroccan spice blends. So if you’re looking for a quick fix and don’t have a collection of spices to sift through, you can go that route and come out with excellent results.

What kind of herbs go best with Moroccan seasoning?

Bowl of raw chicken and vegetables, seasoned with Moroccan seasoning.

Fresh herbs add so much to a dish—especially summer cookin’. We tossed our seasoned ingredients with some fresh mint and parsley and it was perfect. But the list of herbs that go with Moroccan cooking is extensive. You could also use coriander, oregano, or marjoram. We definitely encourage the use of mint, though. The fresh cooling flavor pairs amazingly with the subtle smokiness in the spice blend.

What to put on Grilled Moroccan Chicken Skewers.

We like to keep these skewers uncomplicated. We’ve threaded them with Moroccan-spiced chicken, chunks of red onion, and juicy cherry tomatoes. You could also add bell peppers or zucchini to the mix.

Uncooked skewers on parchment paper, seasoned.

Plate of rice, tabbouleh, and pitas with grilled Moroccan chicken skewers on top.

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Side shot of Moroccan skewers plated with rice, tabbouleh, and pitas.

Plate of rice, tabbouleh, and pitas with grilled Moroccan chicken skewers on top.
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Grilled Moroccan Chicken Skewers

These flavor-packed grilled Moroccan chicken skewers make for a perfect summer dinner, and they're easy enough for weeknights! Serve them with rice and your favorite veg side. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, Moroccon
Keyword Chicken, easy, healthy, mediterranean, Morrocan, skewers, weeknight dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 skewers
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breasts or chicken tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into bite-sized wedges
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP Moroccan spice
  • 1 TBSP chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or finely minced
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Homemade Moroccan Spice Blend (optional).

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat; make sure the grill surface is clean. Swipe it with some cooking oil to create a nice slick surface to prevent the meat from sticking. (See notes.)
  • Place the chicken and all of the veggies into a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the Moroccan seasoning. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add the fresh herbs, garlic, and the lemon juice. Finally, give everything a good toss to evenly coat the chicken and vegetables. (If you're making this in advance, you can cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for a few hours until you want to start threading your skewers.)
  • Evenly portion out and thread each skewer, alternating between the chicken, onions, and tomatoes.
  • Carefully place the skewers on the grill; grill each side for about 4 minutes (8 minutes total), or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165º F. (Optional: Grill the other half of the lemon, flesh side down, next to the skewers to give it a slight char, then squeeze the lemon juice over the skewers before serving.)
  • Serve them with mint Greek yogurt sauce!

Homemade Moroccan Spice Blend (optional).

  • Place all of the spices into a bowl and whisk them together until well blended. Keep the blend sealed tight in a glass jar and store it in a dry, cool place. This recipe makes about 1/4 cup.

Notes

To prepare the grill: While it's heating, with tongs, dip a wad of paper towel into a small dish of cooking oil and glide it across the grilling grates to create a slick surface. This will prevent the poultry from sticking. This is my go-to method for grilling fish and it works really well with poultry, too!

    5 Comments

    • Easy Refreshing Tabbouleh | Killing Thyme
      April 23, 2020 at 2:27 pm

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    • Donna
      April 21, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      5 stars
      So much flavor in one skewer, absolutely delicious! The mint yoghurt sauce pairs perfectly and makes for great dipping fun for the kids :)

      Reply
    • Marisa F. Stewart
      April 20, 2020 at 8:10 am

      5 stars
      The spice blend sounds amazing. So, I decided to rummage through my spice cabinet and I found all of them. I decided to make the blend and it was amazing. Interestingly enough, I had a pre-made Moroccan blend and it didn’t taste any where as good. Once the weather warms I’ll be using it on the chicken skewers.

      Reply
    • Sandra Shaffer
      April 15, 2020 at 10:48 pm

      5 stars
      Love the simplicity of the skewers, yet tons of flavor. The mint yogurt sauce is a match made in heaven. Perfect midweek meal for my family!

      Reply
    • Gloria
      April 15, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      5 stars
      Loving the sound of the spice blend on these skewers. You can never go wrong with a great chicken dish. Grilling season is just getting started….this will be great. Perfect for when we are able to entertain again too.

      Reply

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