Moroccan Chicken with Cucumber-Melon Relish

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

Moroccan Chicken with Cucumber-Melon Relish

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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 
  • 1   tablespoon 
    ground cinnamon
  • 1   tablespoon 
  • 2   teaspoons 
    ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons 
  • 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 
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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