Here's a chicken dish I made last night. It's my go-to recipe for baked Moroccan lemon chicken. I love making this because it's so easy, tastes great and is also good for food prep and leftovers. Chicken thighs are the best to use for this recipe. Many health-conscious people shy away from eating chicken thighs and chose only the breast, but I like to mix them up as you get benefits from eating both.
The low-fat dieting era back in the day popularised eating primarily chicken breasts, because the dark chicken meat near the bone has more fat. However, chicken cooked on the bone is tastier and the dark meat contains more nutrients, particularly iron and zinc. There is nothing wrong with eating this part of the chicken. (If you are tracking your macros just make sure you account for the fat in it.) Balance & variety is key to a sustainable, nutritious diet.
Here is the recipe. Enjoy :)
Makes: 8 chicken thighs, 4 servings
-8 large chicken thighs
-2 tsp paprika
-1 tsp cumin
-1/2 tsp turmeric
-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp minced fresh ginger
-3 fres garlic cloves minced finely
-3 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Spray a large glass pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Slice one of the lemons into thin slices. Cut the other into wedges. Places the slices on the bottom of the glass pan.
Mix the spices as well as the fresh minced garlic & ginger together in a small bowl. Rub down each of the chicken thighs with the spice mixture getting both beneath the skin and on top of the skin. (You can marinate the chicken with this rub for a few hours or overnight in the fridge.)
Place the chicken thighs in the glass pan on top of the lemon slices.
Squeeze the lemon wedges over the chicken & then toss the wedges in between the chicken thighs.
Pour the olive oil over the top of the chicken thighs evenly.
Bake for about 45 minutes until chicken is fully cooked & crispy on top.
Enjoy with either rice, couscous, or sweet potato.
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