Chermoula chicken with green beans and a spicy sauce

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Aicha Avison

Chermoula chicken with green beans and a spicy sauce

This recipe is Moroccan. The chicken is marinated in a citrusy chermoula and then baked in the oven. I served it with sautéed green beans and a spicy tomato sauce. So yummy and ideal for summer, or for those of you that like light meals or are on a diet.
Servings 4
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 40 mins


  • 1 kg Chicken thighs or legs
  • 5 clove Garlic
  • 2 tsp Tomato paste
  • 1 tbs Chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp Ground coriander
  • 1 tsp Sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 medium Lemon juice
  • 3 tbs Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt to taste
  • 500 g Green beans or more if you like them
  • 4 large Tomatoes
  • 1 medium Red bell pepper


  • Wash the chicken with vinegar and salt. Rinse it and dry it with paper towel.
  • In a bowl, add the minced garlic (3 cloves), add 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cumin and salt to taste, the tomato paste, the tsp of ground coriander, the lemon juice and 3 tbsp of olive oil and mix all together.
  • Add the chicken to the spice bowl, mix well and cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours (whole night would be perfect).
  • Pour the chicken onto a baking tray and bake in a 180c oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden.
  • Boil the beans in salty water for 2 minutes, drain and put in icy water to keep the colour and crunchiness.
  • In a sauce pan, add 2 tbsp of olive oil on a medium heat, add 2 cloves of garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, the diced bell pepper, salt and pepper and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Blend the tomatoes and peppers to obtain a smooth silky sauce.
  • Put the sauce back in the saucepan and add the beans to it, stir well and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve your chicken on a nice platter on a bed of tomato and pepper sauce, green beans and sprinkle some fresh coriander on top. Bon appetite!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: African

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