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Moroccan Chicken

The first time I made this Moroccan Chicken recipe, I only roasted half a chicken over the veggies. It turned out perfectly.
Author: Jill via Kelly the Kitchen Kop


  • 1 whole chicken preferably organic or pasture raised (Find safe, pastured chicken here if you don't have a good local source.)
  • 1 onion cut into large chunks
  • 2-4 large carrots cut into thick slices on the diagonal
  • a handful pitted Kalamata or green olives optional
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic smashed
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup softened butter
  • Optional addition: 2-3 drops high quality lemon essential oil for more intense lemon flavor. This is also works great if you're out of lemons and need the flavor.

Moroccan (Cooling) Spice Blend:


  • 1. Preheat over 375*.
  • 2. Place carrots, onions, and optional olives in the bottom of a roasting pan.
  • 3. Dry chicken with paper towels (because butter only sticks to dry chicken), set near roasting pan.
  • 4. Combine butter with Moroccan Spice blend and optional lemon essential oil in a small bowl. Rub butter/spice mixture all over chicken, including between the skin and breast meat. Place chicken on top of vegetables. Squeeze lemon halves over the top of everything. Place garlic cloves and squeezed lemon halves inside the chicken.
  • 5. Roast, uncovered, until thermometer placed between the leg and breast reaches 165 degrees, between 1 to 2 hours, depending on size of chicken (about 20 minutes per pound).