Moroccan Chicken with Cucumber-Melon Relish

It's the kicky blend of seasonings that gives this grilled chicken its Moroccan roots.

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  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons grated gingerroot
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 4 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 6 - 8 pounds meaty chicken pieces (skinned, if desired)
  • 1 medium cantaloupe (3 pounds), seeded, peeled, and chopped (3 cups)
  • 1/2 of a small honeydew melon (1-1/2 pounds), seeded, peeled, and chopped (1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped (1-1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon honey
For marinade, in a small bowl stir together the lemon juice, oil, garlic, gingerroot, cumin, coriander, salt, cinnamon, paprika, red pepper, and pepper. Place chicken in two large plastic bags set in two large bowls. Pour half of the marinade over chicken in each bag. Seal bags and turn several times to distribute the marinade. Marinate chicken in the refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours, turning bags occasionally. Drain chicken, discarding marinade.
Grill chicken on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 35 to 45 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, turning once. Serve with Cucumber-Melon Relish. Makes 12 servings.
Cucumber-Melon Relish:
In a large bowl combine chopped melon, cucumber, and green onions. In a small bowl combine lemon juice, snipped mint, and honey; mix well. Pour the honey mixture over melon mixture. Toss gently to coat. Cover and chill relish for up to 8 hours. Stir before serving, and serve with a slotted spoon. Makes about 4 cups (12 servings).

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 324, Fat, total (g) 16, chol. (mg) 104, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 9, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 35, vit. A (RE) 195.74, vit. C (mg) 27.16, sodium (mg) 366, calcium (mg) 30.29, iron (mg) 3.24, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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