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Monday, September 27, 2010

Moroccan Spiced Grilled Chicken

Well, it happened to me again!!  I ran out of gas!  Geez, oh...and this time, this time I wasn't even paying attention to the level. I mean really, I'm usually really good about checking it and for the last month I've just sort of spaced it off.....and look where it got me:  No Gas!!!

Nonetheless, this chicken was so wonderful in flavor, that I had to share it with you anyway.  I actually only had the chicken on for about 4 minutes before the gas ran out, so I didn't get those wonderful grill marks on them...BUT...they still tasted wonderful and that's really all that counts right?  Plus, now you know you don't have to actually grill these.  I have left baking instructions at the bottom, but you could also just sear it in a pan (covered), that's how I finished these off and it worked just fine.

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Moroccan Spiced Grilled Chicken
Adapted from Planet Barbecue! by Steven Raichlen
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 sweet onion, coarsely chopped
2 Tablespoons sweet paprika
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea)
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3-4 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Place the chicken in a resealable bag.  Place the onion, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper in a food processor and puree to a smooth paste.  Work in the lemon juice and enough oil to obtain the consistency of thick heavy cream.  Pour the marinade over the chicken, seal, and let sit in refrigerator for at least 1 1/2 hours, but you could do it as long as over night.

Preheat grill to medium.  Rub oil on grill grates.  Place chicken directly over the fire and grill 5-8 minutes per side or until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.  Remove from grill and allow to rest for 3 minutes before slicking into.  Enjoy!

***To bake:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a skillet with a little oil, sear the chicken for about 2 minutes on each side.  Remove and place in baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (165 degrees).  Enjoy!


Debbie said...

The chicken looks wonderful even though you ran out of gas....too funny!

Cranberry Morning said...

LOL Even easier now! And all you need is a stencil and a can of black spray paint. :-)

Recipe sounds delicious!

Yenta Mary said...

Oh, I'm just going to be rude and invite myself over for dinner! That looks amazing, even without your trademark grill marks ... wow!

Betty Ray said...

Love the sounds of those spices together. Thanks for sharing it. And when you said you ran out of gas, I thought you meant you got tired! Duh - I need a nap (and some of this chicken). :)

Mary said...

What a gorgeous looking dish. I love the way you spiced this. I have more often than I like to admit, run out of gas at the grill. The worst of it is that it usually happens when I have company. Proof positive that Murphy lives. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jane @ Going Jane said...

Mmmmm...that sounds heavenly!! :)

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Wow the flavors in this chicken sound amazing!! I love the color it gets, too. YUM! Sounds like its time to convert that grill to charcoal, Jenn :) But then again, its easy to run out of charcoal, too - happens to me all the time! Like now :) despite the grilling snafu, the chicken looks delish!

StephenC said...

Ah, necessity, the mother of invention. Nicely done.

Pam said...

The chicken looks and sounds fantastic and so flavorful.

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks so tasty! I think I even have some Moroccan seasoning in the pantry...not sure where exactly..(LOL)maybe I could try it this weekend.


Linda said...

I love chicken recipes! The flavors you have in this recipe, make it a must try for me.

Pam said...

Jenn, this sounds really good! Lots of good flavors! You said you ran out of gas --- I thought your car did! You can tell I'm not the one who cooks on the grill in this house!

Chris said...

I was so happy when we first moved here in 2000 and had a natural gas line run to my deck and got a natural gas grill. No more running out of gas.

Of course, now it's all coal.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

I hate that feeling. It happened to me when I was living in NY hosting a 10 person Thanksgiving dinner. The only chance in hell I had of pulling it off was using my grill outside to do the turkey breast and the stuffing. I sent my Swedish friends out to baste the turkey with wine and came back confused saying the grill was 'cold'. I still have nightmares about it...

Karen said...

I hate it when that happens! Last time it happened to us, we were cooking a chicken on the rotisserie, so we felt there was no choice but to run out and get a new tank. What a pain!
Glad the chicken turned out so well looks delicious!