Moroccan Chicken with Brown Rice and Lemon Sauteed Spinach

Try this Simple Cooking with Heart special dish featuring the spices of Morocco!

Serves: 4 Calories: 369 Sodium : 190 mg Cost Per Serving: $4.21

Try this Simple Cooking with Heart special dish featuring the spices of Morocco!



  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, all visible fat discarded
  • Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil or canola oil, divided use
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 clove fresh, minced or sliced garlic OR
  • 1 tsp. jarred, minced garlic
  • 14.5 oz. canned, diced, low-sodium tomatoes
  • ½ cup water

Brown Rice

  • 1 1/2 cups instant brown rice

Lemon Sautéed Spinach

  • 1 Tbsp. olive or canola oil
  • 6 cups spinach, washed, dried
  • ½ lemon OR
  • 2 tsp. jarred lemon juice



  1. In a small bowl mix paprika, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and pepper.
  2. Place the chicken a plate or pie dish, coat with spice mixture. Allow chicken to stand in spices for 1 hour or refrigerate overnight.
  3. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown for 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, add water, top with onions, tomato and garlic.
  5. Cover and cook for 10 minutes then flip chicken and cook for 30 minutes more until chicken is cooked through.

Brown Rice

  1. Prepare brown rice according to package instructions. Makes 4 servings

Lemon Sautéed Spinach

  1. In a saucepan or skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add spinach, handfuls at a time, leaving enough room to stir. If all the spinach won’t fit in the pan let some wilt down and continue to add spinach until all leaves are wilted.
  3. Remove from heat and squeeze lemon over spinach (or sprinkle juice from jar).


Recipe copyright © 2015 American Heart Association. This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart® Program. For more simple, quick and affordable recipes, visit

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