Tender Moroccan Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Vegetables all baked on one tray for an easy family meal.
Moroccan Tray Bake
Tray bakes seem to be my go to this time of year. I love that I can flavour a choice of protein with some seasoning, add some healthy vegetables and bake all on one tray for a delicious family meal.
The chicken in this Moroccan Tray Bake is so tender and delicious and pairs beautiful with the cubes of butternut squash, softened caramelized onion and mixed peppers.
For the Moroccan seasoning, I always make my own blend with the spices from my spice cupboard. Yes, you can buy ready mixed Moroccan Seasoning, but by making your own blend, you can ensure it is all natural ingredients. Plus if you keep doubling up the ingredients in the spices used, you can store in a airtight jar and you have a handy Moroccan Spice Blend on hand to add to vegetables and proteins for flavouring any time you want.
In this Moroccan Seasoning I add the following:
- 1.5 teaspoons of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of coriander
- 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon each of turmeric, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves
This is enough just for this recipe. However if you want to make up a whole jar to keep in your spice cupboard, this is the quantities I recommend.
- 2 tablespoons of paprika
- 1.5 tablespoons of cumin
- 1.5 tablespoons of coriander
- 1.5 tablespoons of ground ginger
- 1.5 tablespoons of fine sea salt
- 2 teaspoons of cayenne
- 1 teaspoon each of turmeric, cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground cloves
Can I use Chicken Breast?
For tray bakes like this, I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs, but if you prefer chicken breast you can use it, I would however slice into thin cutlets, coat with the seasoning and then you really don't want to bake for more than 20 minutes of the chicken will be dry.
Chicken breast is cooked when it reaches an internal temp of 165f.
Can I add different vegetables?
If you want to try this with different vegetables then feel free to do so, the only thing you need to really take into account is cooking time, as some vegetables will take less time and other will take a little bit more.
For a lower carb swap, you can use butternut squash cubes instead of the sweet potato.
Some other vegetables that would work well with this are:
- Courgette (Zucchini)
- Green Beans
- Sliced Leeks
Best baking trays for tray bakes
When it comes to choosing the best trays for tray bakes, use ones that will clean up easily. I do often like to use sheets of parchment paper too, just to make ensure the tray doesn't get too messy, but so long as it's not a super dry dish where food might stick, you don't really need to use parchment.
My favourite baking trays are a set of these Nordicware ones, they are made from aluminium, never rust or warp and last for years if looked after properly. You can get them in various sizes too, so perfect for all your baking needs.
Another thing to consider when doing tray bakes is ensuring the tray or baking dish is big enough for all the ingredients you are adding, if you crowd everything too close together or on top of each other, it won't cook evenly and vegetables will tend to steam and can go soggy instead of getting that lovely roasted flavour.
Sides for Moroccan Chicken Tray Bake
I often eat this just as it is, as with the sweet potato, it's a delicious plate of food. But if you like a more filling meal. Some great sides to serve with this are:
- Cooked Rice
- Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes
- Crushed Roasted Potatoes
- Perfect Oven Baked Chips (fries)
- Lime Coriander Rice
- Red Pepper Coriander Rice
- Sour Cream and Spring Onion Cauliflower Mash
More Tray Bake Recipes
Looking for some other tray bake recipes? Check out these:
- Cheesy Sausage Salsa Tray Bake
- Chickpea, Egg and Kale Tray Bake
- Creamy Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Chicken Tray Bake
- Beef Kofta Tray Bake
- Chicken, Potato, Vegetable Tray Bake
- Peach Barbecue Chicken Tray Bake
- Honey and Mustard Chicken Tray Bake
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