Air fryer Moroccan chicken with vegetables

Air fryer Moroccan chicken with vegetables

In Morocco, instead of "delicious", we say "B-nine"! Chicken thighs and flavorful vegetables are marinated in Moroccan spices and cooked together in the air fryer. Served with a cool Tzatziki yogurt sauce, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights.

Air fryer Moroccan chicken with vegetables

In Morocco, instead of "delicious", we say "B-nine"! Chicken thighs and flavorful vegetables are marinated in Moroccan spices and cooked together in the air fryer. Served with a cool Tzatziki yogurt sauce, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights.
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

Chicken and vegetables
  • 2 lbs 900 g boneless chicken thighs
  • ½ lb 220 g red bell pepper, seeded and cut into large slicesred bell peppers, seeded and cut into large slices
  • 3 oz. (½ cup) 85 g (130 ml) shallot, peeled and halvedshallots, peeled and halved
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp paprika powder
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp turmeric, ground
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp cayenne pepper or harissa paste (optional)
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp olive oil
Tzatziki
  • 3 oz. 85 g cucumber, grated
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped or ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 2 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (613 oz.) 240 ml (180 g) Greek yogurt (4% fat)
  • salt
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Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

Chicken and vegetables

  1. Preheat air fryer to 380°F (190°C).
  2. Put chicken and veggies into a large mixing bowl. Add the paprika, cumin, salt, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cayenne, and olive oil. Coat the chicken and veggies very well. Set aside and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes, up to 3-4 hours.
  3. Add the chicken and veggies to the preheated air fryer and cook for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway, or until the chicken and veggies are slightly charred and chicken is cooked through. If your air fryer is small, you may have to cook them in 2-3 batches.
  4. Tzatziki

  5. While the chicken is cooking, put the grated cucumber in a strainer and sprinkle salt on top. Mix well and let the liquid drain for 5 minutes. Wrap cucumber in a tea towel and squeeze out excess liquid.
  6. Place the drained cucumber in a bowl with the garlic, oil, and fresh mint.
  7. Stir in the yogurt and add black pepper and salt to taste.
  8. Let the sauce sit in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes for the flavors to develop. It will keep for about 3 days in the fridge.
  9. Serve the chicken and veggies with a large dollop of Tzatziki on top.

Sensitive to FODMAPs?

The chicken and spices in this recipe are FODMAP diet-friendly. Swap the onions and peppers for your favorite low FODMAP vegetables and skip the Tzatziki.

Get creative with your veggies!

You can add asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes or olives.

Conventional oven instructions

Follow the steps above, but increase your oven temperature to 400°F (200°C). Check the chicken and veggies halfway through.

Meal prep

This dish is great for meal prep. Cook a double batch and you have lunch for the week!

Can I use chicken breasts?

Yes, you can, but be careful not to overcook. Because the air fryer uses high heat and very little fat, low-fat chicken breasts can dry out easily.

Recommended special equipment

Air Fryer (5qt recommended size, but you can use smaller and cook in batches)

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14 comments

  1. 31 comments removed
  2. Jordan
    Unfortunately, when I use the "print" option, I can't see the macros breakdown anymore. (I can't see a picture neither since a long time ago.) Is there any way to correct that, please? Thanks!
    Reply: #33
  3. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Unfortunately, when I use the "print" option, I can't see the macros breakdown anymore. (I can't see a picture neither since a long time ago.) Is there any way to correct that, please? Thanks!

    Hi, Jordan! I will pass your request on to our team. Thanks!

    Reply: #34
  4. Jordan
    Thank you Kerry! I just realized that the problem is fixed : I can now print the recipe with the macros appearing. Another nice thing to implement would be a way to see all the comments we left on the site somewhere, and maybe to "subscribe" to a thread so we would get an email when there is an answer (or another comment), like you see on a lot of blogs. Thanks again!
    Reply: #35
  5. Charlotte Zwart Team Diet Doctor

    Thank you Kerry! I just realized that the problem is fixed : I can now print the recipe with the macros appearing. Another nice thing to implement would be a way to see all the comments we left on the site somewhere, and maybe to "subscribe" to a thread so we would get an email when there is an answer (or another comment), like you see on a lot of blogs. Thanks again!

    Thank you for your feedback! We will pass it on to the team.

  6. Sandra
    This recipe has ground cumin entered twice. Please clarify the amount needed for the recipe.
    Reply: #37
  7. Charlotte Zwart Team Diet Doctor

    This recipe has ground cumin entered twice. Please clarify the amount needed for the recipe.

    Cumin is only entered once in the ingredients list. Perhaps you confused it with coriander or cinnamon? :-)
    2 tsp ground cumin is needed for this recipe, for 4 servings.

  8. Eric
    Holy cow! This is one of the most delicious meals I've cooked, ever! And so easy. This is going to become a mainstay for me. Highly, highly recommended. Thanks!!!
    Reply: #39
  9. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Holy cow! This is one of the most delicious meals I've cooked, ever! And so easy. This is going to become a mainstay for me. Highly, highly recommended. Thanks!!!

    Awesome! So glad you love it!

  10. Kimberly
    Ooooo! Just saw this recipe!

    Moroccan food is so yummy! Instead of boneless chicken thighs, I'll used ground chicken or ground turkey. If I mix it and let the meat, herbs, and spuc

    Reply: #41
  11. Kimberly
    If I let the meat, spices, and herbs sit together in the refrigerator overnight, the resulting chicken/turkey patties will taste delicious.
    Reply: #42
  12. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    If I let the meat, spices, and herbs sit together in the refrigerator overnight, the resulting chicken/turkey patties will taste delicious.

    That sounds like a tasty option!

  13. Bruce
    Just made this in my convection oven and it was fantastic! I marinated it for 5 hours and even though I used chicken breast instead of thigh they didn't dry out. Even my wife and teenage daughter loved it!
  14. Tianna G
    I made this for dinner tonight and to simply put it… it was fantastic. Definitely will be making it again. Love how simple and tasty it was! Thanks for the recipe.
    Reply: #45
  15. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I made this for dinner tonight and to simply put it… it was fantastic. Definitely will be making it again. Love how simple and tasty it was! Thanks for the recipe.

    Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed this recipe!

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