Real Food for Real Kids—Moroccan Chicken

Photo: Sandy Nicholson

Cooking from scratch lets you control what goes into your family’s meals. Instead of pricey take-out meals and processed foods loaded with salt, fat and sugar, try wholesome, flavourful recipes like this chicken dish. It’s sure to become a family favourite!

1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp thyme
3 tsp cumin
¼ tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp coriander
¼ cup cider vinegar
1 tbsp agave syrup
¼ tsp allspice
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 pinch cayenne
1 pinch mint
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
1 tsp dry parsley
4 tsp curry powder
4 large chicken thighs
4 chicken drumsticks

1. In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients except the chicken. Voilà, you have a marinade!

2. Chop the chicken thighs into pieces. Rub the marinade into the thighs and drumsticks. Pro tip: put the marinade and chicken into a large, resealable plastic bag, seal the top, and rub together without getting your hands dirty.

3. Refrigerate the chicken and marinade at least four hours, or preferably overnight, turning occasionally.

4. When you’re ready to start cooking, preheat the oven to 375°F. Place chicken in a single layer in the cookware of your choice. Cook until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken indicates the internal temperature is 165°F (about 25 minutes).

• Generally, fresh herbs can be substituted for dried herbs by using one tablespoon of fresh for every teaspoon of dried.

• Try to buy your meats directly from the farmers who produce them. We highly recommend shopping at a farmers’ market with your kids and avoiding factory-farmed meats whenever possible.

Makes 4 servings.



Real Food for Real Kids | Moroccan Chicken RecipeReal Food for Real Kids is a Toronto-based catering company that aims to reconnect children and families to real food by providing delicious, healthy, all-natural meals and snacks - made fresh from scratch.