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Moroccan Grilled Chicken with Herby Lemon Olive Vinaigrette! This quick marinated Moroccan grilled chicken takes chicken from boring and flavorless to exciting and beyond delicious. Served with a lemon and olive vinaigrette for a fresh pop of flavor and color and all made in just about 30 minutes. It doesn’t get easier or more delicious than this grilled chicken.

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Hey, hi and welcome to the first official post of Super Simple Summer Thursdays!

After everyone’s response to last Thursday’s post, I decided to make super simple Thursday a thing for the summer! I think we can all agree that summer recipes should be quick, simple, and easy so that we can spend a little less time inside and so much more time outside. Summer is short, so we need to enjoy all of the warmth, sunshine, and long nights that we can.

So. Super Simple Summer Thursdays!

Here’s how super simple Thursdays will work. The recipes will use minimal ingredients, pantry staple ingredients, easy cooking methods, and well, just be all around SIMPLE. Sound good? OK. Cool.

If you guys have any requests or suggestions for super simple recipes, please let me know in the comments or shoot me an email!

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OKAY. That’s the intro, on to today’s recipe.

Moroccan grilled chicken with an extra lemony olive vinaigrette. To simply put it? This chicken is addictingly good and fun too! Because um, hello? Everything on a stick is just that much more fun to eat. I don’t know why, but it’s true.

There’s simply nothing not to love about this easy grilled chicken. It’s seasoned with Moroccan spices and herbs, is tender, and so flavorful. I did a quick marinade (because I can never remember to marinate overnight), adding in Greek yogurt to help tenderize the chicken in a short amount of time. Using Greek yogurt is my secret ingredient for keeping chicken tender without having to let it sit in a marinade for hours and hours. Works like a charm.

While the chicken grills up, I made a quick vinaigrette, using pantry staples, to drizzle over the chicken. This provides yet another layer of flavor. The lemon vinaigrette is essential to this recipe…but then again you guys know how much I love a good sauce or salsa. They’re my favorite.

The vinaigrette provides freshness and color, just trust me, you need it.

Finish it off with some goat cheese or feta and DONE.

You see? Super simple!

It’s dinner in thirty minutes, it’s healthy, and it’s GOOD! I recommend serving the chicken with some quinoa or couscous (which takes just five minutes to make) and maybe grill up some veggies too. OR try adding the chicken to a salad full of your favorite greens, you’ve already got the vinaigrette all figured out.

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Also? I can’t even believe this, but I’m already thinking about the 4th of July. Normally I’m not organized enough to be prepping 4th of July recipes this early into June, but with a big trip ahead of me in a couple of weeks (heading to the Caribbean for vacation and then NYC for work), I’ve had to force myself to get organized and think a little further in advance than usual. Enter this chicken. Perfect for an easy Thursday night dinner, but equally great for any and all summer cookouts, including the 4th of July!

I’ve already made this multiple times over the last two weeks. It’s becoming a bit of a staple on nights when I’m just not up for cooking a huge meal or I am running behind. It’s great because as long as you have a stocked spice cabinet, lemons, and chicken, you can make this dinner without even having to run to the grocery store.

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If you make this Moroccan grilled chicken, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you. Oh, and of course, if you do make this, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram so I can see! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Moroccan Grilled Chicken with Herby Lemon Olive Vinaigrette

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 479 kcal

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Herby Lemon Olive Vinaigrette


  • 1. In a gallon size zip top bag, combine the chicken, olive oil, yogurt, paprika, cilantro, cumin, garlic, ginger, and a large pinch of salt. Marinate for 15 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge.
    2. Set your grill, grill pan or skillet to medium-high heat. Take skewers and thread the chicken pieces on.
    4. Brush the chicken on the skewers lightly with olive oil. Grill the skewers until lightly charred and cooked through, turning them occasionally throughout cooking, about 10 to 12 minutes total.
    5. To make the vinaigrette, combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, cilantro, olives, crushed red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir in the cheese. 
    6. Serve the skewers drizzled with vinaigrette. Enjoy! 
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  1. 5 stars
    These are absolutely fabulous. We have had them several times, doubled the recipe for parties and everyone raves about them. The chicken is so tender and the sauce compliments the flavors so well. SO good! We usually serve with an orzo salad

  2. 5 stars
    I love this chicken! I don’t have a grill and often don’t remember to marinate ahead of time but the chicken is great just cooked in this marinade in a 9×13 glass pan and served over couscous!

  3. Could you throw the chicken in the oven on a sheet pan? I’m making it for a dinner party and would like to avoid manning the grill if possible. If so, how long would you cook the chicken and at what temp?

  4. 5 stars
    This looks scrumptious! Which yogurt would you recommend if I need a non-dairy one? Thank you!

    1. Hi Teri,
      Thanks so much!! Siggi’s makes non-dairy yogurt! Let me know if you give this recipe a try! xT

  5. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and cubed and skewered zucchini with the same marinade and sauce as a side to the chicken skewer and it was delicious together! Another great recipe!

    1. Hey Erien,
      Happy Monday!! I appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your review, so glad to hear it turned out well! xT

  6. Hi! what would you suggest I use as a substitute for greek yogurt? I have a dairy allergy so I can’t use it to help marinade. Do the plant based yogurts work in the same way to tenderize the chicken? Thanks!

    1. Hey Julie,
      You could totally do a dairy free yogurt, that should work well for you! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xx

    1. Hi Judith,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it and sharing your feedback! Hope you’re off to a great weekend:)

  7. 5 stars
    I made a couple modifications based on ingredients I had on hand. The biggest was substituting lime for the lemon in the vinagrette, it worked out great.
    We were short on time for cooking so we broiled the chicken in our air fryer. Not as ideal as the grill, yet the flavors were tasty.

    1. Hi Linda,
      Happy Sunday!! Thanks for sharing your feedback and making this recipe, I am so glad it was a hit! Happy 4th of July!??

  8. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing! I also left out the olives. The picky teenagers loved it too.

    I served the chicken with Israeli couscous and grilled beets. All tossed in a bowl with the yummy dressing.

    1. Hi Tricia,
      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback! Love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Susan,
      Thanks a lot for trying out this recipe. I love to hear that it was enjoyed and hope you have the best week! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I made a quick complementary yogurt sauce (greek yogurt, shredded cucumber, sprinkle of paprika & cumin, grated garlic, squeeze of lemon, s+p) and that went great with the vinaigrette and chicken. Love an easy but delicious recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I only marinated for 20 minutes or so. I’m not a fan of olives so I left that out of the vinaigrette, but otherwise followed recipe. Huge hit and will definitely go in my rotation!

    1. Hey Kristin,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe. That is so great the recipe was enjoyed! Happy New Year! xTieghan

      1. Super delicious and super easy! I didn’t measure anything, so I probably added more seasonings than it called for but this was a quick dinner to make after work! Yummy!

        1. Hi Ashley,
          Awesome!! Thanks so much for your review:) Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! xx

  11. 5 stars
    This was delicious! The whole family loved it, from the 3 year old to my husband. And I know it’s a good recipe when he asks me to make it again!