This time of year when the weather warms up and the nights become lighter is one of my favourite times of year. I love taking advantage of it and will eat outside as much as I can – breakfast, lunch and dinner, I’m not fussy. My ultimate outdoor meal is a toss up between a picnic and a BBQ and as this recipe would work well for either I think I’ve created a new favourite!

This recipe is so versatile as you can:

– cook it directly on the BBQ and enjoy outside

– cook it on a grill pan inside if the weather is against you

– allow it to go cold and enjoy on a picnic

– brown it in a casserole pan and then add chicken stock and cook slowly to create a tagine

Enjoy!

Moroccan BBQ Chicken

Moroccan Style BBQ Chicken
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Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: BBQ, Picnic, Moroccan
 
Ingredients
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ tbsp oil
  • ½ clove garlic, crushed
  • Bunch of parsley
  • Bunch of mint
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp chilli powder (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water
  • 4 chicken breasts or 8 boned/skinned chicken thighs
  • 12 green olives, pitted and halved
Instructions
  1. As strange as it might sound remove any pips from the lemon and chop it into chunks and place it in the blender - skin and all.
  2. Add oil, garlic, roughly chopped herbs, spices and seasoning.
  3. Add a little water to help the blender work. You should only need a tablespoon or so.
  4. Blend well to form a paste. Put ⅓ of the paste to one side and stir through a little more water to form a dressing.
  5. Rub the remaining ⅔ of paste over the chicken and leave to marinate for at least 30 mins or up to overnight in the fridge.
  6. Cook the chicken using your desired method - BBQ or grill pan - until it is cooked all of the way though, turning regularly.
  7. Remove from the heat and toss in olives the paste you set aside.
Notes
ALLERGIES// Gluten free, Dairy Free, Soy free, Nut Free
FODMAP// To make it low FODMAP omit the garlic and use garlic oil in place of the oil
STORAGE// Easily doubled and both the paste and the finished dish will keep in the fridge to use another night. They both also freeze well.
NUTRITION// All nutrition information is approximate and for one serving based on using chicken breasts
Nutrition Information
Calories: 208 Fat: 15.6g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 4g Sodium: 0.4g Fiber: 1.2g Protein: 37g

 

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