Healthy Moroccan Olive and Orange Chicken

Moroccan orange and olive chicken over rice
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
33 min
8 servings

What do you call a dish that combines spicy, earthy and sweet flavors all at once? Perfection! And that’s definitely what you get with this Moroccan-inspired dish. Moroccan cuisine often combines sweet and savoury ingredients to create unique and balanced flavors. With this healthy dish, you get sweetness from the oranges, savoury notes from the olives, and earthy flavors from the warm spices. Delightful!

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chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
1 ½
Tbsp sea salt
tsp ground black pepper
1 ½
tsp paprika
Tbsp olive oil
small red onion, diced
tsp coriander
large navel oranges (1 ½ juiced, remaining ½ sliced)
cup pitted green olives, halved
cup water
cup fresh parsley, chopped
Cooked rice, to serve


Ingredients for Moroccan Orange Chicken
Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Generously rub the chicken thighs with salt, black pepper and paprika.

Seasoned chicken thighs for Moroccan Orange Chicken
Step 3

Place a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Place chicken thighs, skin side down in the skillet, and sear for 3 minutes, then flip the chicken and sear the reverse side for 3 minutes. Transfer the chicken to the lined baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes. If you have a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should be 165°F once fully cooked.

Baked chicken thighs on a sheet pan
Step 4

Using the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium and sauté the red onion for 1 minute, then add in coriander, orange juice, sliced oranges, olives and water. Simmer for 1 minute until slightly reduced, and add more water if preferred.

Orange and olive glaze for chicken
Step 5

Return the chicken to the skillet and toss to coat chicken with orange and olive glaze. Top with parsley and serve with rice.

Moroccan orange olive chicken, ready to serve

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