Moroccan Spiced Chicken Patties with English Cucumber Yogurt

>> Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Recipe by Food Connection

The spice blend is used extensively in Moroccan cooking.  I have all of the spices on hand in my spice cabinet.  The grilled chicken patties came out great and flavorful.  

Ras El Hanout (Moroccan Spice Blend)
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon turmeric
1-2 teaspoon oregano 
1-2 teaspoon red chili powder (more or less depending on your taste)
1 teaspoon paprika 
1/2-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/4-1 teaspoon ground cloves

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl until combined well an set aside. If leftover spice mixture, store in an airtight container.

Chicken Patties
1 pounds ground chicken
1 freshly lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
2-4 scallions, chopped
sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Naans (flatbreads)

English Cucumber Yogurt
fat free plain yogurt
English cucumber, chopped
tomato, chopped
dried dill
ground garlic
freshly lemon or lime juice
sea salt to taste (optional)

Combine the ground chicken, Moroccan Spice Blend(adjust seasoning according to your taste), lemon juice, garlic, scallions, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper in a medium mixing bowl and mix thoroughly so ingredients are evenly distributed through the chicken meat.  Divide the chicken mixture into regular-size patties. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or more (this step is necessary to firm the patties so they hold their shape while cooking---no egg to bind them in this recipe).  Preheat the grill over medium.  Drizzle the patties with EVOO and grill them for 6 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.  Meanwhile, whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl to blend well and set aside.  Remove the patties from the grill and place them on each naan (flatbread)and serve with English cucumber yogurt.  Enjoy!


sumrina,  March 25, 2010 at 10:36 AM  

sadia,is the Ras El Hanout available as a ready spice mix? if not, can you please tell the amounts of each spice? thanks

Sadia March 25, 2010 at 11:26 AM  

I think you can get the Ras El Hanout spice from the Middle Eastern markets or you can check with Penzey Spice store in your area or other specialty spice store. I am going to add the measurement of each spice.

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