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North African Chicken for tomorrow

yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
This has always been one of my favorite chicken marinades, probably because it's completely different from any other chicken marinade I've had. I got the recipe from Williams-Sonoma Grilling & Roasting book. I usually convert the teaspoons to tablespoons in any recipe I get from books. Can't wait for lunch tomorrow...

Ingredients (enough for about 5 pounds of chicken
  • 2 tablespoons aniseed
  • ¼ cup rough chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup rough chopped green onion including green tops
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper

  1. Toast the aniseed and grind when cool
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and process till a thick smooth paste is formed, adding more oil if needed
  3. Marinade chicken overnight and grill till cooked
Here's my chickens marinating 

Dunedin, FL


  • bearcatbearcat Posts: 38
    That looks fantastic...
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 4,734
    Nice toes!! :D Chicken already looks good. Sounds great too! Can't wait to see the results!
  • Doc_EggertonDoc_Eggerton Posts: 5,162
    No peri peri?  Just kidding, looks great, I hope it puts a nice color on the cook as well.  Marinating is our default way to prepare.

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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,129
    Recipe sounds really good.  I'm a big fan of cumin. Hope you went easy on the saffron -  I tried a Moroccan-style spice paste on a leg of lamb some time ago and I should have used less saffron.  

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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    Turned out pretty good but could have used a bit of salt.


    Had some black rice and roasted zucchini to accompany image
    Dunedin, FL
  • Looks great!

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,674
    Recipe sounds fantastic and the finished up product pics definitely don't suck. Kidding. Chicken looks stupendous. Bookmarked.

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  • Looks awesome! Did you cook it around 225 indirect heat for 3-4 hours (165 degree's)?

    Coral Springs, Florida- Dimitrious

  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    I cooked it around 400 for about an hour.
    Dunedin, FL
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