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Grilled Moroccan Chicken and Pine Nut Quinoa

August 3, 2015

Aromatic Moroccan spiced infused chicken, grilled to perfection, and sliced on top of fresh lemon and cumin scented pine nut quinoa. Quick, easy and is the perfect refreshing summertime meal!

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You are just going to love the essence and flavours of the Moroccan chicken as it has depth of flavour and reunites you with your spice drawer. Grilled Moroccan Chicken and Pine Nut Quinoa is happily gluten-free, cardiac friendly, egg free, dairy free and if you opt out of the quinoa salad and swap with a tossed salad this dish is diabetic and paleo friendly too.

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I have a spice drawer well more like a SPICE KITCHEN. I can't fit all my spices in the little spice cabinet to the left of the stove or to the right of the stove or on another special spice rack across the kitchen as a matter of fact I had to buy a whole huge spice ceiling to floor piece from IKEA.

My husband travel loads all over the world and he loves to buy spices as he hopes that might inspire me to cook something he just ate in a land far away. My youngest teenage son, bless his little heart, who is on an 30 day Alaskan Mountaineering expedition, also loves to buy mom spices. It is the most adorable thing ever!!! 🙂  The usual "The world rotates around my axis", teenager might buy himself a little snack with the little extra change he or she has burning in their pockets as they are so wrapped up into themselves and their iPhone. However, my teenager loves to buy mom new spices. How sweet is that! I can't believe how much I miss that little guy but traveling from Hong Kong to Alaska is a long way from home. A life changing experience for him and it is preparing me for the empty nest syndrome...

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Now back to the delicious Grilled Moroccan Chicken and Pine Nut Quinoa. The other day I was browsing through Kevin is Cooking cooking website and found this beautiful recipe for Moroccan Seven Spice Mix. I was inspired! Kevin has the motto of Big, Bold Flavors with an International Twist and I am sure you will love his recipes. I swapped out cumin for nutmeg as my family really loves cumin and its earthy flavours and added garlic of course. I adjusted a little bit of the other ingredients just to cater it to our family's like and it was just gorgeous.

Marinating your chicken with this delicious spice mixture can be done as early as the night before or just a few hours ahead but the longer marinating time really makes the chicken tender and delicious. You can also make your Pine Nut Quinoa Salad the day before, so this makes this the perfect dish for entertaining. All the prep is done before and just a few minutes on the grill, while you are entertaining your guests, and dinner is served.

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This is also a great dish to prepare on a Sunday and you can eat off it a few days by recreating the leftovers with Moroccan chicken and pine nut quinoa pita breads or wraps. Maybe one day you make a big salad and add the grilled chicken and pine nut quinoa to loads of leafy spinach and romaine leaves with your favourite simple Italian dressing... or freeze the grilled Moroccan chicken and pull that back out when you having the worlds worst crazy weeknight. (Make extra as leftovers rock!!!)

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This dish is a perfect summer or spring grilling dish. The freshness from the lemons are really the perfect way to lighten the dish. You can really use any fresh veggies you have in the crisper to make your pine nut quinoa. However fresh cilantro, crunchy toasted pine nuts and fresh lemons really make this dish sublime. I used quinoa as that is what I had on hand but equally delicious with couscous, rice, millet or whatever you like.

Well I guess I best get into preparation mode as the youngest will be home from Alaska in about a week. After living off the land for 30 days, he might be a tad hungry. I am going to make loads of extra Moroccan Chicken, veggies and fruits and hopefully we can get this big grocery run all into one little granny roller bag... Have a super day!

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Grilled Moroccan Chicken and Pine Nut Quinoa

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August 3, 2015

Aromatic Moroccan spiced infused chicken, grilled to perfection, and sliced on top of fresh lemon and cumin scented pine nut quinoa. Quick, easy on your plate in 30 minutes and is a perfect refreshing summertime meal!

  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


Moroccan Grilled Chicken

chicken breasts - 4 boneless skinless (or can also use tenderloin, thighs but you will need to adjust the cooking time)

olive oil - 1/4 cup

garlic - 2 cloves minced fresh (or 1 teaspoon dried ground)

cumin powder - 2 teaspoons

turmeric - 1 teaspoon (or freshly grated)

cinnamon - 1 teaspoon

ginger - 1/2 teaspoon (or freshly grated)

black pepper - 1-2 teaspoons freshly ground (depending on how spicy you like it)

cloves - 1/4 teaspoon ground

salt and pepper - to taste

lemon juice - juice of 1 lemon

Pine Nut Quinoa Salad

pine nuts - 1/3 cup (toasted)

quinoa - 4 cups cooked (1 cup uncooked rinsed well and with 1.5 cups of water cooked for about 15 minutes and then cooled)

olive oil - 2 tablespoons

red bell pepper - 1/2 cup chopped

yellow bell pepper - 1/2 cup chopped

onion - 1 tablespoon minced

cilantro (coriander) - 1/4 cup roughly chopped

cumin powder - 1 teaspoon

lemon juice - juice of 1 and 1/2 lemons or to taste

salt and pepper - to taste


1Marinate your chicken: If you can remember to do this the night before or before you leave for work in the morning, give your self a high five and for the rest of us at least a good one hour marinade time is best. Pound Chicken breast so they are flat and cook evenly on the grill or your can even slice lengthwise to minimise the cooking time on the grill. Place the following item in a bag or container to marinate... Chicken, olive oil, garlic, cumin powder, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and cloves. (Hold the lemon juice and salt and pepper for during and after the grilling process) Place in the refrigerator to marinate. 

2Make the Pine Nut Quinoa Salad: Toast pine nuts on a low heat in a pan for about 2-3 minutes until toasty and golden. Remove from pan to cool. Set aside. In a medium bowl, add the cooked and cooked quinoa. (I put mine in the freezer on a hot pad to speed up the process) Add the following ingredients into the coked quinoa... red and yellow bell peppers, onions, cilantro, cumin, lemon juice and salt and pepper and toss well. (Hold the pine nuts until you are ready to serve) Place in the refrigerator to keep cool until ready to eat.

3Grill the Moroccan Chicken: Remove the marinating chicken from the refrigerator and preheat the grill. Oil and prepare your grill and grill the chicken breasts for approximately 2-4 minutes on each side depending on the size of your chicken breast. Season with salt and pepper during the grilling process. Once the chicken is cooked and juices are running clear remove from grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the chicken against the grain and squeeze fresh lemon over top.

4Plating up: Give the Pine nut quinoa salad a quick toss and recheck and adjust seasonings. Add the pine nuts and toss well. Place about 1 cup of the delicious pine nut quinoa salad on each plate and then add on top the delicious Moroccan grilled chicken and a wedge of lemon and enjoy.

  • fresh lemon and cumin scented pine nut quinoa sounds heavenly Bam! My husband also travels a lot and brings wonderfully interesting things home with him.
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mandy! I hope your spice drawer is overflowing into all of your rooms too!

  • Love this meal! I love that cinnamon is so common in savory Moroccan dishes! Nice husband, by the way…

  • Wow 30-day Alaskan Mountaineering expedition! I’m sure your hungry teenager is missing home-cooked food by you and he will be bringing back some new spices for you to experiment with. I happen to have all those spices on hand, this look perfect and delicious for a weekday dinner!

  • Everything about that plate is mouthwatering! Wishing your son a safe trip home and loads of new spices for you 🙂 Have a great week, Bobbi!

  • kitchenriffs

    Love Moroccan food! The spicing is so interesting in that cuisine. The first time I can remember having cinnamon in a savory dish was in Moroccan food — cinnamon and savory is wonderful combo, and one that was unexpected to me. Anyway, great looking chicken and quinoa! Thanks so much.

  • What a delicious sounding meal and I’m sure you will be happy to see your son. I love spices and also collect them 🙂

  • So wonderful that your family brings you home spices from their cooking travels. The Moroccan chicken and quinoa recipe looks so flavorful and healthy!

  • The chicken looks so juice and tender–yum! I think I need one of those spice racks from IKEA! 🙂

  • I think I love you. a) Middle Eastern is one of my all time fave foods. b) I am SO BORING with quinoa. You just made it interesting! PS I’m a bit of a crazy spice lady myself. Pinning!

  • When I was in Marakesh last year I had some great chicken dishes. Your recipe reminds me of them.

  • Oh Bobbi, this is just fantastic! I just started making Moroccan dishes in the past year and I’m a huge fan! Such a lovely healthy dish bursting with flavours. Your photos, Girl! Holy smokes! I almost chomped into my screen on that forkful of chicken, lol. I can’t wait to hear about your son’s return. He’ll be full of stories and have a very hungry tummy. This is such a great dish – thanks!

  • Eha

    Oh what a wealth of goodies and nice stories! Absolutely love your Moroccan chicken: your spice mix is less like Kevin’s and more the usual one I make but shall follow it exactly the next time around. Loved Kevin’s site and ideas: guess what 🙂 ? Next time I get to our closest IKEA [bit of a hike at about 100kms] I shall v definitely look whether that spice cupboard of theirs would somehow fit into my small kitchen or one of the adjoining rooms – half my cupboards are always full of spices and spice mixtures and half my kitchen surfaces also have them piled up, so I know exactly what you mean!! Am so glad your son has had such a wonderful summer experience and I do hope you will write a little of what he saw upon his return! And nice of your husband to get you the ‘right’ presents!!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Eha! I know my spice collection, like yours, is getting a bit out of control. We might have to knock out a wall and expand the kitchen… LOL I can’t wait for my son to return. I hope to have some photos and stories to tell about his Alaskan adventure. Take good care, BAM

  • This is a great flavorful and healthy meal! It’s amazing how much flavor a rub will impart on chicken. I do a spice rub for chicken for the grill and it’s so good to make extra and have for a few meals during the busy summer. I need to try this Moroccan spin.

  • Hi Bam, sounds like you brought your sons up right. Such a great experience to travel by one’s self. I think the young kids today are so well-rounded and wonderful. Love, love this dish and the spices involved.

  • It looks extremely juicy and delicious Bobbi! Pinned and yummed!

  • Your son sounds so sweet! This chicken and quinoa dish looks delicious! It is packed full of flavor and so good for you!

  • This Grilled Moroccan Chicken and Pine Nut Quinoa sounds so comforting and delicious! Your youngest is gonna have a feast for when he comes back!

  • Oh wow! I totally LOVE this recipe! Chicken’s my favorite meet and your recipe sounds fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Looking good…I could go for a nice home cooked meal about now!

  • That chicken looks perfectly cooked, still juicy! Also that looks so flavourful, with those spices I bet this would have tasted amazing

  • Wow! The spices on the edge of that chicken really (really) does look delicious! And yes, how so so so sweet of your son to think of you when he’s away and buy you spices! I haven’t met him but he must be such a sweetheart!
    I have a feeling I could eat this dish every day for a week!

  • I love the flavors of Moroccan food and your chicken looks so perfectly cooked and juicy!

  • Ohhhh…. Yarmmmmi! Really into Moroccan food, we do something similar but with fish.
    And your boy sounds beautiful, I love that he buys you spices rather than spoiling himself. You raised a goodun. 🙂 Is he the same one that spent some time in Myanmar? Love his adventurous spirit.

  • hotlyspiced

    You are cooking so many meals my family would just love to eat. I do love the look of this chicken dish with all those lovely flavours. And the salad with the quinoa and pine nuts is a wonderful accompaniment. Your chicken is so well cooked and it looks very tender and juicy. I tend to have too many spices as well – the cupboard is exploding! xx

  • Oh Bobbi, you had me at Moroccan. I seriously can’t get enough of those wonderful spices and bold flavors in the cuisine – totally addictive! Love the pine nut quinoa too, a nice little twist from something like couscous!

    Btw, your son’s mountaineering trip sounds awesome! He’s definitely going to have an experience of a lifetime!

  • Yum! The spices and flavors in this dish sound delicious.

  • cheapethniceatz

    So aromatic, just love all Moroccan recipes, and particularly curious about that pine nut quinoa!

  • Smelling this chicken cooking must have been the best! I love Moroccan spices and that quinoa sounds delicious.

  • This all looks phenomenal! I’ve been getting a bit tired of my routine chicken dishes, so this looks like the perfect way to spice things up…literally!

  • thesurprisedgourmet

    I need a spice rack like you’ve got. This dish looks amazing.

  • Awww you must miss him! But what an amazing experience to go to Alaska for an entire month, wow! This recipe looks absolutely fantastic by the way. I love the idea of pine nuts in just about anything, so in the quinoa it’s perfect!

  • Kathleen Richardson

    I’ve been eating quinoa lately and love the simplicity of your recipe, BAM. Good flavors.

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