Moroccan Chicken Casserole


I’ve been making this dish for a few years, so I can’t remember where I got the original inspiration from, but it is so good! Like, dinner party good! And very easy to make too, always a bonus.

I use chicken thighs in this recipe (skinless and  boneless), but you can also use bone-in chicken pieces such as thighs and/or drums (and adjust the cooking time accordingly).

The other great thing about this recipe is that it’s completely gluten free, grain free and GAPS diet friendly!

Moroccan Chicken Casserole

1 medium onion
3-4 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
2-3 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
1 lemon, juice and zest
6 boneless chicken thighs (can also use bone-in chicken pieces such as thighs/drums)
15-20 black or kalmata olives, pitted and halved.

1. Chop the onion and garlic finely, using a mini-prep food processor
2. Add the olive oil, tomato paste, cumin, paprika, ginger, salt, coriander, and the juice of one lemon to the onion and garlic mixture. Blend into a thick paste.
3. Cut each boneless thigh into chunks. Place the chicken in a single layer in a large, shallow casserole dish and pour over the paste mixture. Mix to coat the chicken evenly.
4. Sprinkle the olives evenly over the chicken.
5. Slice thin strips of zest off both halves of the lemon and sprinkle these over the chicken.
6. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours (I usually prepare this in the morning and let it sit all day).
7. Heat the oven to 350F. If using boneless/skinless chicken thighs: bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes, until chicken is cooked all the way through. If using bone-in chicken pieces, then cover loosely with foil and bake for 30 minutes, then cooked uncovered for another 30 minutes (note: it’s been a while since I made this with bone-in chicken pieces, so use your own judgement to make sure it’s cooked properly).
8. Serve with a green salad.

Linking to: Full Plate Thursdays @ Miz Helen’s, Pennywise Platter Thursdays @ Nourishing Gourmet, Freaky Friday @ Real Food Freaks, Monday Mania @ Healthy Home Economist, Homestead Barnhop @ The Prairie Homestead, Make Your Own Mondays, Real Food 101 @ Ruth’s Real Food, Fat Tuesday @ Real Food Forager

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14 Responses to Moroccan Chicken Casserole

  1. Kim says:

    Oh this sounds absolutely delicious… These are flavours that work so well together, thanks for the great idea!

    • Debbie says:

      Thanks Kim! I just visited your blog because we love Mediterranean food, so I’m keen to try out some of your recipes

  2. This looks fantastic! I found you at Nourishing Gourmet Pennywise Platter today. We love middle eastern-type foods and deal with food allergies, so I cannot wait to try this. I may put it on our meal plan next week (which I post on my blog) and I will link back here. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    • Debbie says:

      Thanks Michelle, I really appreciate that! Your food allergy meal plans sound exciting, I’ll look forward to hearing more details.

  3. Sue T.. says:

    This sounds and looks wonderful! WIll have to try this indeed! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Miz Helen says:

    Your Moroccan Chicken Casserole looks like it is so full of flavor, we would just love it! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

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