Moroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake

Moroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake
Makes:
6
servings
Prep Time:
25
minutes
Total Time:
65
minutes
based on 50 reviews
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Moroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake is a tasty variation that combines cumin, paprika, diced tomatoes, raisins and a touch of lemon juice to create some amazing flavors that are commonly found in Morocco and North African cuisine. Your family will truly enjoy this taste experience. The brown rice adds some great whole grain goodness.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cooked long or medium grain brown or white rice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 6 chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup toasted, slivered almonds (optional)

Directions:

PREHEAT oven 375º F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

COMBINE cumin, salt, black pepper and paprika in small bowl; sprinkle 2 teaspoons spice blend on both sides of chicken thighs.

HEAT olive oil and garlic in large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in skillet; cook for 4 minutes per side or until browned.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE cooked rice, evaporated milk, tomatoes, raisins, lemon juice and remaining spice blend in large bowl. Pour rice mixture into prepared baking dish. Place chicken thighs on top of rice mixture.

BAKE for 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Sprinkle with almonds before serving.

TIP: Boneless chicken thighs can also be used. Reduce bake time by 10 to 15 minutes.


Reviews:

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very good

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Mary Lou Lynn from CHEYENNE, WY

We liked this the spice was nice but left out the rasins did not seem to go will try it with white meat next.

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    Tasy, easy, winner!

    Lynn Murdoch from S.E. Idaho

    This was a quick, easy dish, and it was just delicious. The only substitution I made was craisins for raisins, since I am not a raisin fan. I followed the recipe to the letter otherwise, and even my husband, who can be picky about trying new things, loved it.

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    Moroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake

    KATHY GREEN from South Daytona, FL

    Great tasting casserole, a different flavor than usual.

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    Great flavor

    Jennifer DeMille from Cedar City, UT

    My family loved this dish. We are always trying new dishes and this one made it to the "make again pile" which is saying a lot. Even the raisins didn't taste as weird as it might seem.

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    Not enough spice

    LINDA KRASKEWICZ from Ashland, OH

    Made this for supper and it was good but we enjoy a little more spice in our food. Easy to put together. I thought that it made to much rice for just the two of us.

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    Excellent

    KIM WILSON from LACHUTE, QC

    This recipe was easy to make and tasted devine. This will become a family favorite.

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    Yummy

    TERI METZ from JACKSONVILLE, FL

    Good flavor and not difficult at all. I will make again.

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    cayenne papper what a kick

    Sadie Gambino from Bronx, NY

    Cayenne papper and 2 Chicken broth . GIVES this spice rice a nice kick . enjoy

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    Moraccan-Spiced Chicken&Rice Bake

    Gayle Sadler from Hillman, MI

    This recipe is very good. My husband and son had thirds! I made a few changes, due to the fact I did not grab the list. I used carrots and broccoli instead, and to give a little more punch added a dash of ginger.

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    A true winner!

    NANCY CHAPMAN from Yorba Linda, CA

    I wasn't sure about trying dishes using unfamiliar spices. However, this one is a winner! It has everything that I love - milk, raisin, almond to top it off and the end result is delicious! I did use chicken breast instead of thighs. Try it, you and your family will love it!

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    Moroccan- Spiced Chicken and Rice Bake

    Debra Mowatt from WINDHAM, NH

    I confess to using boneless, skinless chicken breasts rather than the thighs. The flavors mixed well, and tasted exotic. My family enjoyed the addition of raisins for an unexpected sweet taste. It was a good meal, which I will make again. I will probably substitute lentils for the rice, next time.

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    delish!

    michelle cress from phillips, WI

    this was terriffic!

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    great taste and texture

    Kenneth Lorisz from CASSELBERRY, FL

    of course, it looks great also, but the best points of this dish are the great taste and texture. Yummmm!!!!

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    very good

    Mary Lou Lynn from CHEYENNE, WY

    We liked this the spice was nice but left out the rasins did not seem to go will try it with white meat next.

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    It was a Hit!!

    Coneathea Smith from OWENSBORO, KY

    This was a hit with my husband. I substituted the rice with orzo used chicken breast instead of thighs. We really like the unexpected sweet of the raisins with the spices of the chicken.

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    Maroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake

    Peggy Dow from SUGAR LAND, TX

    I used thighs and legs in preparing this dish for my out of town guest. I baked everything in a cooking bag. This recipe was such a hit, there were no left-overs.

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    I stopped to read it

    devery marshall from SPRINGFIELD, OR

    I am always looking for chicken recipes that use interesting spices. This one was easy to assemble and I had all the ingredients on hand. I doubled the recipe, used 2 baking dishes and had a meal to deliver to another family without a lot of extra work.

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    THIS WAS A GREAT NEW TASTE

    JEANNE LASSITER from KITTRELL, NC

    MY SON INLAW LOVES CHICKEN THIGHS , SO I TRYED THIS RECIPE. IT SUCH A NEW FRESH TASTE HE JUST LOVED IT , WANTED THE RECIPE TO TAKE HOME SO HIS WIFE COULD GIVE IT A TRY ,THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME SUPRISE HIM , ibjeanne@nc.rr.com

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    Really good

    Susan Grist from MEMPHIS, TN

    I love this spicy exotic taste of this dish and love that you get the added nutritional bonus of fruit. The smell while its cooking is incredible!

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    Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Rice Bake

    Sharon Smith from CANANDAIGUA, NY

    The flavors in this dish were bold but satisfying to my family. Everyone wanted the recipe so they could make it at home. I told them Very best baking on line and to write their own review. The chicken was tender and yet crispy on the outside and the rice nicely cooked. Thank you.

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    Moroccan -spiced chicken & rice Bake

    Mary Fenton from EDGEWATER, MD

    This would be an ecellent recipe to try and share with others.

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    Great flavor

    Nicole McGinnis from LINWOOD, KS

    I loved this one it was wonderful. I used brown rice which made it even more exotic in flavor.

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    Delicious

    Erin Durand from Nashua, NH

    Delicious! We used chicken breasts in place of the thighs and added a dash of cardamom for a bit more authentic taste.

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    yummy

    Sara Smith from LOUISVILLE, KY

    We made this and really liked it. I may add some curry powder to this next time I make it.

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    Moroccan spiced chicken and rice

    Terry Creighton from PLYMOUTH, MA

    A different twist on chicken and rice with a delicious flavor. I used golden raisins because I liked the color in this dish.

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    Smells good tastes better

    Lanae Santos from KANEOHE, HI

    This was a delicious dinner - takes a bit of time to prepare but well worth it! I used skim milk and less raisins to lighten the dish up - calorie wise but the blend of spices was great!

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    This is good!

    L JACOBS from VENTURA, CA

    I really liked this dinner. Even my kids liked it for the most part -- they picked out the raisins and tomatoes. It is tasty and easy!

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    An escape from the ordinary

    S Grigsby from FAIRBORN, OH

    My boyfriend and I loved this! It was a wonderfully exotic escape for a cold, wintery Tuesday night!

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    Exotic Moroccan Chicken

    Priscilla-Jane Raykoske from WALLINGFORD, VT

    This recipe is exotic in a good way! The dish was very flavorful and my family just loved it. I added extra raisins and a sprinkle of pine nuts at the table. Nice presentation.

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    lovely chicken

    rema mulyes from FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA

    wonderfull taste everybody liked it, will make again

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    Dinner for my husband and I

    Gayle Potelicki from LAKEWOOD, OH

    Really liked this. I used white rice. The flavors were wonderful. I'll be making this again.

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    Great New Chicken Recipe

    Sue Shrum from BOWLING GREEN, MO

    My husband and I really enjoyed this chicken recipe. It will definitely go into my recipe box!

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    Tasty!

    Calista Baker from KANSAS CITY, KS

    My family and I loved this recipe. The spices were just right and the rice was very moist from the evaporated milk! The left-overs were even better the next day. I will definitely make it again.

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    Enjoyed by All

    Fran McTee from

    Very pleased with the ease to make this dish; while the sweet raisins and crisp nuts add interest. May increase Cumin. Will make again.

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    WONDERFUL

    cindy jenifer from esmont,va

    This is a great recipe ,it's great if u want to try something new .Wonderful flavors.

  •  Star(s)

    It's a keeper

    Carol Smith from UPPER SANDUSKY, OH

    Whole family enjoyed this recipe. Will definitely make it again.

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    LOVED IT!

    Sara Prohaska from Centreville, VA

    We were getting a little sick of chicken but this recipe really kicked it up a notch. We used chicken breasts instead of thighs because my husband doesn't like them.

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    New twist on chicken and rice

    Rose Ellen Skodacek from DICKSON CITY, PA

    Great new twist on the classic chicken and rice combo.

  •  Star(s)

    Nice change of pace

    TERRY OLIVER from SAN MATEO, CA

    Great way to spice up chicken! We eat alot of chicken. Always good to find another good recipe!

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    Moroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake

    Phyllis Wiedner from HIGHLAND, IL

    Easy and family really likes this dish. They like chicken and rice. Great recipe to serve. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    easy creamy chicken

    deborah shamsuddoha from BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI

    EASY !!! I love rice and my favorite meat is chicken.This is a great dish to assemble early in the day, refrigerate and bake later.

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    Moroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake

    ERIS BLANTON from Mart, TX

    We so enjoyed making this dish and was very delicious.

  •  Star(s)

    Kids Love It

    Jean Baxter from Rochester, NY

    Wonderful flavor, easy to make, the best part is that my very fussy daughter asked for seconds. Thanks for a great recipe!

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    Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Rice Bake

    Phyllis Roehrich from Camden, SC

    Served it to guests and all wanted a copy of the receipe. Need I say more!

  •  Star(s)

    Just right!

    Rebecca Levy from Kingsland, GA

    Perfect blend of spice and taste! The kids enjoyed it!

  •  Star(s)

    Great Family Meal

    Cindy DeGeare from High Ridge, MO

    I have tried this and we ALL loved it. I served it with a good salad and some steamed vegetables for a well rounded and nutritious meal.

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful

    Julie Minnear from NORTH PORT, FL

    Absolutely wonderful!!! My husband loved it, I will make it again!

  •  Star(s)

    Simply Delious!

    Sharon Granger from FRIDLEY, MN

    Very tasty easy to make. . a winner!

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    Moroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake

    jeffery joyner from hillsboro, OR

    Hot and spicy just like I like it

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy Dish

    VIVIAN DELIZ from STONE RIDGE, VA

    I thought that it would take a long time to prepare but it was quite simple. My family loved the dish and want it cooked often. I also used brown rice instead of white for a more nutty flavor.

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    Moroccan-SpicedChicken&RiceBake

    Kate Hoppe from POWELL, WY

    I used brown and wild rice and everyone thought it was great!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 490
  • Calories from Fat: 120
  • Total Fat: 13g (20% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5g (23% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 75mg (25% of DV)
  • Sodium: 770mg (32% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 69g (23% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 6g (24% of DV)
  • Sugars: 17g
  • Protein: 23g
  • Vitamin A: 10% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 15% of DV
  • Calcium: 20% of DV
  • Iron: 15% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Moroccan-Spiced Chicken & Rice Bake

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cooked long or medium grain brown or white rice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 6 chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup toasted, slivered almonds (optional)

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven 375º F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

COMBINE cumin, salt, black pepper and paprika in small bowl; sprinkle 2 teaspoons spice blend on both sides of chicken thighs.

HEAT olive oil and garlic in large skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in skillet; cook for 4 minutes per side or until browned.

MEANWHILE, COMBINE cooked rice, evaporated milk, tomatoes, raisins, lemon juice and remaining spice blend in large bowl. Pour rice mixture into prepared baking dish. Place chicken thighs on top of rice mixture.

BAKE for 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Sprinkle with almonds before serving.

TIP: Boneless chicken thighs can also be used. Reduce bake time by 10 to 15 minutes.

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