Moroccan grilled chicken with preserved lemon

Moroccan grilled chicken with preserved lemon

Barbecued chicken is a perennial summer favourite, and this Moroccan take with preserved lemon is sure to please.


  • 1 small chicken, jointed into pieces
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 preserved lemon, washed and chopped, skin and pith only
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes
For the dipping sauce
  • 4 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 4 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp preserved lemon brine

Preparation method

  1. Trim the chicken pieces neatly and combine with the rest of the marinade ingredients in a roomy bowl. Cover loosely and leave in a cool place for a few hours, overnight if possible.

  2. Preheat the grill or barbecue. It should be moderately hot. Shake the excess moisture off the chicken joints and grill until the juices run clear, test through the thickest part with a skewer. Meanwhile combine the ingredients for the dipping sauce, and leave to infuse.

  3. Serve the grilled chicken with the dipping sauce on the side.

James Martin recipes from Housecall

Overnight preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour cooking time

Serves 4

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