Moroccan Chicken Kebabs with Quick Preserved Lemon

Moroccan Chicken Kebabs With Quick Preserved Lemon Recipe

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Lynn Clay


A blend of Moroccan herbs and spices dress up your chicken for your next summer cook-out. Also a shortcut to an age-old preservation technique of preserving lemons.

Prep time does not include marinating time, or the 24 hours until can use preserved lemon.


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15 Min
20 Min


  • 3 lb
    boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 2" pieces
  • 2 Tbsp
    freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp
    ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
  • ·
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • ·
  • ·
    couscous, for serving
  • ·
    yogurt sauce, for serving

  • 3
    meyer lemons, scrubbed clean
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    kosher salt
  • 3 Tbsp
    freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili flakes (optional)
  • 1
    quart-size jar with lid for "aging"

How to Make Moroccan Chicken Kebabs with Quick Preserved Lemon


  1. In a bowl combine parsley, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, paprika, cayenne, garlic, black pepper, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
  2. Toss chicken in prepared spice mixture along with enough olive oil to coat evenly. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill to high heat, 450-500 Fahrenheit degrees.
  4. Skewer chicken by “folding” pieces onto skewer alternating every couple pieces with Preserved lemon slices. Repeat with remaining skewers.
  5. Grill skewers over high heat, turning once for about 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve skewers with couscous and yogurt sauce.
  6. For “Preserved” Lemons: Slice lemons into ¼” thick rounds and toss together with remaining ingredients.
  7. Pile lemons into jar and cover with lid. Keep at room temperature for 24 hours.
  8. Transfer jar to refrigerator and store for up to 2 weeks.

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About Moroccan Chicken Kebabs with Quick Preserved Lemon

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Moroccan

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