Let me preface this recipe by saying this is purely my take on a Moroccan chicken recipe in the air fryer. We don’t have air fryers in Morocco (at least not yet) and most Moroccan recipes include some sort of sauce – this has none. To create this recipe I simply used Moroccan spices to create a flavor that would resemble something you might find in Morocco – and air fryer Moroccan chicken was born.
We ate this chicken with some sweet corn and it worked really well. But you could also slice it up and use it in a sandwich (that was my first thought but I was out of bread!).
Why use an Air Fryer?
If you don’t have an air fryer already you may want to consider it. I was so skeptical and honestly having used one a few years ago was underwhelmed. So when I was last in the US I decided to give it another chance and try to make a few recipes because so many people seem to really love them.
The second time was a charm because I have had SO much fun coming up with new ideas to cook in it.
- I LOVE that it’s basically quiet and doesn’t make my kitchen 1000 degrees.
- I also love that it cooks food way faster than if I was making it in the oven or on the stove.
- Finally, I love that I don’t have to add a bunch of oil or butter and can still get a really flavorful final result.
It does take a little bit of fuss to figure out how it works and it does have a lot of automations built-in, but I’ve been using the manual functions for most of my recipe testing.
Which Air Fryer is the Best to Use?
I don’t know enough about the different models that are out there to be able to say one is better than the other. But if you’re looking these are the three that I have seen recommended in a lot of my cooking groups, and the one that I have been using as well.
- Ninja Air Fryer – At under $100 this is a great option for anyone that is thinking of trying this out but doesn’t want to make a huge investment. It does however have a smaller capacity.
- Power XL Air Fryer – This is the air fryer I have been using. I’ve found it very easy to use and great for the recipes I’ve tried.
- Instant Vortex – If I were buying an air fryer now, I’d get this one. Because I know that I do like it and it’s functions this is one that has a lot of different options and always gets great reviews.
How to Make Air Fryer Moroccan Chicken
Mix it all up and pop it in the machine.
Seriously that’s how easy this recipe is! I made it with corn on the cob + a salad and I had dinner on the table in 15 minutes from start to finish.
I LOVE meals that are super fast to toss together and this one did not let me down!
This isn't a traditional Moroccan recipe but I used the spices and flavors of Morocco to create a quick chicken dish that you can make start to finish in 15 minutes.
- 1 lb chicken breasts
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cumin
Clean chicken and cut into smaller pieces. I kept mine about 3 inches in width and 1/2" thick. You can use any size chicken piece you want, but cutting them this way was to try and speed up the cooking time.
Add chicken to a bowl with all of the spices and olive oil. Mix to combine and coat chicken evenly with all spices.
Cook in batches for 12 minutes at 375F in the air fryer.
If you use larger chicken breasts you will need to adjust the time to cook this.
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What Else Can you Serve with this Chicken Dish?
This chicken can go a few different ways – stick with totally Moroccan or make a fusion. A few ideas that are easy;