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Moroccan inspired marinated chicken

A simple flavoursome chicken recipe, with a delicious take on pesto, that is adaptable for the grill, oven or barbeque.

SERVES: 4-6 PREP TIME: 30 mins COOK TIME: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thigh fillets
  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, cracked
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika, ground
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • 1 tablespoon lemon rind, finely chopped

Method

  1. Trim the fat from the fillets and cut into even pieces (approximately 4cm squares).
  2. Use a food processor to blend the coriander, garlic and ½ cup of olive oil into a smooth pesto.
  3. Add the black pepper, sweet paprika, turmeric, lemon rind and the rest of the olive oil and blend again.
  4. Once blended transfer into a bowl
  5. Add the chicken fillets to the bowl and coat well with the pesto mixture.
  6. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes (overnight is fine).
  7. Turn the grill to high and line the grill pan with foil or baking parchment.
  8. While it is heating up place the fillets on a roasting rack and baste with any of the remaining marinade.
  9. Place under the grill for about 12 to 15 minutes.
  10. Turn over and grill for a further 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  11. Spoon any marinade at the bottom of the grill pan over the chicken pieces and serve immediately (or warm) with salads or vegetables

Inspiration

  • For those without a grill these chicken pieces can be roasted, covered at 180˚C for 15 minutes and then a further 5-10 minutes uncovered until golden.
  • Chicken breast fillets work as well in this recipe if you prefer them
  • Why not try this recipe using lamb fillets or steaks?

Dietary Requirements

Gluten Free  |  Dairy Free  |  Sugar Free  |  Yeast Free  |  Soy Free  |  Egg Free  |  Nut Free  |

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    By Anita Stanfield, Civil Celebrant, Home Cook

    My life has been about seeking and maintaining good health. My real skill is the ability to adapt recipes, so that they offer me and my family gluten free, dairy free and sugar free meals.

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    Photography: Lee Green