Chicken Kabob or Thigh Moroccan Style Recipe

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This is one of our favorite BBQ recipes. It always earns raves from our guests. Normally I do this on skewers. But if it is just for our family, and we are pressed for time, we sometimes just marinate boneless, skinless thighs in this marinade and cook them whole. Either way works well. You can make extra marinade and apply it to vegetables too! (Pictured as full chicken thigh with eggplant grilled in same marinade, and Spicy Shrimp Moroccan Style --see separate recipe.

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Servings: 4-6


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  • 2 pounds chicken breasts or thighs, boned & skinned and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1 generous pinch Cayenne
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt (use less if using salted peanuts)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp roasted peanuts


  1. In a large bowl mix together the chicken cubes, garlic, onion, cilantro, paprika, cayenne, cumin, salt, and olive oil. (Tip, chop the onion very fine...use a processor or blender if you have one handy.) Stir to coat the chicken and leave to marinate for 2-4 hours.
  2. Put 6-8 pieces of chicken on each skewer, keeping as much marinade as possible on the chicken.
  3. Grill the pieces on all sides on a BBQ (or under a hot broiler) for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is crispy but not burnt. Turn at least once.
  4. Finely chop the roasted peanuts in a blender or food processor. When the chicken is done, place the skewers on a plater, sprinkle with the roasted peanuts, and serve.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 218g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 444  
Calories from Fat 264 59%
Total Fat 29.54g 37%
Saturated Fat 6.65g 27%
Trans Fat 0.22g  
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 713mg 30%
Potassium 501mg 14%
Total Carbs 3.8g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 4%
Sugars 1.0g 1%
Protein 39.68g 63%
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  • Nancy Miyasaki
    I love this recipe. It is one of my favorites for an easy meal that all in the family will enjoy!
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    • Farrell May Podgorsek
      Very tasty, although the cumin chicken still wins the chicken category. I would definitely marinate the chicken longer than 2 hours for more flavor if using larger pieces. All ages at my home enjoyed it. Next time I'll save some marinade aside and use it for the vegetables. I served it with an Israeli Couscous pilaf - it made a nice combination.
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