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This week’s featured dinner recipe is a simple one pan meal that’s guaranteed to impress you with incredible unique flavors, plus add a healthy dose of veggies & protein. Meet my moroccan chicken with sweet potatoes and cauliflower infused with cinnamon, cumin and turmeric spices then drizzled with a crazy good zesty feta dressing plus the addition of pistachios, cherries and a little cilantro for freshness.
This meal is HELLA FLAVORFUL and yes, only takes about 45 minutes from start to finish!
Ingredients in this healthy sheet pan Moroccan chicken
The theme of this gorgeous sheet pan Moroccan chicken is flavor + texture. You’ll find plenty of tender + crunchy veggies, the coziest, warming spices & fun garnishes that’s finished with a drizzle of creamy feta sauce to bring everything together. Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:
- Boneless skinless chicken thighs: I prefer using chicken thighs in this sheet pan dinner because they’re extra juicy and soak up all of the flavors well. Feel free to use chicken breasts though, too.
- Sweet potato
- The ultimate moroccan spice mix: cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, garlic powder & cayenne pepper
- Dried cherries but dried apricots would also be the perfect sub, or even golden raisins!
- Roasted pistachios
- Fresh cilantro
- Greek yogurt
- Feta cheese
- and a squeeze of lemon juice
With each bite you’ll get flavorful chicken & veggies, sweetness from dried cherries, a little crunch from roasted salty pistachios and a creamy, cooling finish with the feta yogurt sauce. SERIOUSLY SO FREAKING GOOD YOU GUYS.
How to meal prep this easy Moroccan sheet pan chicken
- After cooking everything according to the instructions, allow your chicken and veggies to cool completely and equally divide everything into 4 separate glass meal prep containers. If you’d like you could also add quinoa, chickpeas, couscous or cauliflower rice!
- Feel free to add the dried cherries, cilantro and pistachios, but I’d recommend leaving off the feta yogurt sauce until you’re ready to serve. You can store the sauce in a container like this one and simply add a bit more water, as needed, before using it.
- Store your meal prep containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and enjoy a healthy lunch or dinner all week long.
What else to serve with these baked Moroccan chicken thighs
This recipe not only makes and incredible, filling dinner for 4 (or meal prep dinner for 1-2!) but it’s also a great meal to feed more people with additional sides. Here are a few that would be wonderful:
- Maple Glazed Carrots with Goat Cheese & Pistachios
- The Best Garlic Bread You’ll Ever Eat
- Sesame Garlic Roasted Asparagus
- One Pot Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Salad
- Vegan Curried Broccoli Chickpea Salad
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Sheet Pan Moroccan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower
Delicious, easy sheet pan Moroccan chicken and veggies made with sweet potato, carrots, cauliflower and wonderful spices like cumin, turmeric and cinnamon. This protein-packed, healthy Moroccan sheet pan chicken recipe is garnished with juicy dried cherries, crunchy pistachios, fresh herbs and a drizzle of homemade feta yogurt sauce for the an incredible dinner the whole family will love!
- 1 ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 large sweet potato, cut into ½ inch cubes (about 2 cups cubed sweet potatoes)
- 2 cups small cauliflower florets (from about half a head of cauliflower)
- 1 yellow onion, cut into chunks
- 3 large carrots, sliced into ½ inch thick chunks (or use 6 small heirloom rainbow carrots)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Lots of freshly ground black pepper
- To garnish:
- ⅓ cup unsweetened dried cherries (or dried cranberries)
- ¼ cup diced cilantro
- ¼ cup chopped roasted pistachios (or sub roasted chopped almonds)
- For the feta yogurt sauce:
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt (whole milk or 2%)
- 1/4 cup feta crumbles
- ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon water, to thin
- Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet or two small baking sheets with parchment paper or foil. Set aside.
Add chicken thighs, sweet potato cubes, cauliflower, onion chunks, carrot chunks into a large bowl. Add in olive oil, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper. Use clean hands to toss all of the ingredients together until well combined and spices evenly coat chicken and veggies. Pour onto prepared baking sheet (or evenly divide between two baking sheets.) You’ll want to group the vegetables as best as possible: carrots in one section, chicken in one section, cauliflower in one section and sweet potatoes and onions in one section (as indicated in the photos). Bake for 25-35 minutes, rotating the pan(s) and stirring vegetables halfway through to encourage even cooking. You’ll know it’s done when the carrots and sweet potatoes are fork tender.
While the meal is cooking, you can make the feta yogurt sauce by adding the garlic, yogurt, feta, lemon juice and water to a food processor; process until smooth. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste and process once more. Set aside until ready to serve.
Once chicken and veggies are done cooking, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle dried cherries, cilantro and pistachios on top. You can either drizzle the feta yogurt sauce on top of the sheet pan meal or serve it on the side for people to enjoy as they so choose. Serves 4.
If you don't have dried cherries, then dried apricots, cranberries or raisins would be a good substitute.
Feel free to sub sliced toasted almonds or chopped roasted almonds for pistachios.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats