Jordanian Grilled Chicken

I know… has been a month or so since my last post. I have been so busy with finishing up my finals for college, getting ready for summer, and starting a new job. I also love it when I come across computer problems at the last minute…(sarcastic comment). Anyway, I have a few recipes that I need to post and this is one of them. I absolutely loved the blend of the spices used to create this magnificent burst of flavor! It has just a couple shakes of cardamom and it definitely is a game changer. Hope you enjoy!

Makes:  6 servings (Advanced Preparation – 1 hour or longer)


Here’s what you’ll need:

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2-3 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken thighs

2 Tbsp natural grapeseed oil (or EVOO-Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

2 tsp Kosher salt

8 bay leaves

2 medium-large sweet onions (I used Vidalia)

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper


Arrange a quarter of the onion slices and 3-4 bay leaves in the bottom of a baking dish….

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Place the salt, cumin, coriander, cardamom, paprika, and black pepper in a small bowl and stir to mix….

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Drizzle 1-2 Tbsp of oil over chicken and rub until all coated….

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Next, season the chicken with the rub mixture and layer on top of the sliced onions and bay leaves…..

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Arrange the remaining onion slices and bay leaves on top of the chicken. Cover and let the chicken marinate for 1-2 hours in the fridge….

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After marinating, set up the grill for direct grilling (or indirect for longer cooking time)….we used the gas grill this time. Once temp reaches 325-350 (inside temp)…the grill is ready….

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Make sure to brush and oil the grill grates and then place your chicken directly over the heat….

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Depending on the thickness and type of chicken used (breasts are thicker)…cooking time will vary. Chicken should be firm to the touch and internal temp should be 165 degrees….

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The chicken took approximately 10-12 minutes (direct grilling) 20 minutes (indirect grilling)….

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Serve with steamed veggies, flavorful flatbread, and a great agave margarita!


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