Roasted Moroccan Chicken Salad

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I don’t guess I need to go into detail about how loudly I screamed last night when you know who made it into the the Idol finale, do I?

What about how ridiculously awesome I looked with imaginary pom poms cheering, “TWO FOUR SIX EIGHT WHO DO WE WANNA RUN AWAY WITH TO A REMOTE ISLAND BECAUSE OF THE FITTED BLACK CLOTHING AND THAT DANG BOB SEGER SONG” – need details on that one? Because I would gladly tell y—

Okaaaay, okay. Oh! What about the new octave I discovered in my vocal range that reaches the same zip code as the sun? Wanna hear about that?

 

Gotcha. I’m hearing you.

Okay but what about when I realized that the imaginary pom pom was in fact a glass of wine which was spilled all over my pup during the outburst of happiness not rightly fitted for a middle-aged woman? Shall I go into that? No?

. . . WAIT IS THAT YOUR HAND OVER THE BROWSER X?

 

Alright alright alright alright alright. (name that song) I get ya. I’m with ya. I’ll move on. Yay for him or whatever. Good job. Yadda yadda yadda. It was exciting. But who cares. Not you. CERTAINLY not me.

I swear that the rest of this post will be about this roasted Moroccan chicken salad. It’s why you’re here after all. Not because of Phillip Phillips, I mean good grief. But you have to commend me for not talking about him in how many weeks? Riiiiight?! Look at me growing up!

I also thought his hair looked really good last night. Their stylists are goooood.

OH. SALAD. RIGHT.

 

Here’s the deal: super quick Moroccan-y spice mix for the chicken and veggies. Roast, roast, roast. And then a zesty, fresh salad dressing with lots of parsley, cardamom, some orange zest, juice, HONEY. It’s just so deliciously bright. Which rhymes with tonight. Which oh look at that is in the song title “We’ve Got Tonight” which Phillip sang the other night. Weird.

Tossed together with fresh garden greens and you’ve got yourself one hot little singer. I MEAN SALAD.

I promise this is over in one week.

Roasted Moroccan Chicken Salad:

What it took for 2 dinner salads:

* 1 Tbs. each cumin, turmeric, ground coriander and cinnamon
* 1 sweet potato, cut into a medium dice
* 3 medium carrots, sliced
* 2 chicken breasts
* 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
* 3 Tbs. orange juice
* 1 tsp orange zest
* 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
* 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 6 cups fresh salad greens

Preheat oven to 400.

In a small bowl, combine the cumin, turmeric, coriander and cinnamon.

Drizzle a couple of Tbs. of the oil over a large baking sheet, or two smaller ones. Toss half of the spice mixture with the carrots and sweet potatoes. Sprinkle the other half over the chicken breasts. Roast the veggies and chicken for 30-35 minutes.

In the meantime, make the dressing. Whisk the parsley, orange zest, juice, cardamom, a pinch of salt and pepper together. Add the oil in a thin stream and whisk a tad more.

Divide the salad greens among two dinner plates. Top with roasted chicken and veggies, and drizzle with the dressing.

Yes.

* of course I totally forgot about golden raisins. add some of those!

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25 Responses to Roasted Moroccan Chicken Salad

  1. Lauren May 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    This sounds yummy Bev!! LOVE.

  2. Kathryn May 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    You should make his face in chicken salad. I bet he would love you forever if you did.

  3. Julie @ Table for Two May 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    love the spice of this salad!!!! you should feed this to your man…not aaron, the other man ;)

  4. Julia {The Roasted Root} May 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    I love green salads with big chunks of meat! Your spices look awesome – I’ve never tried making a Moroccan-style dish, so now I feel like I need to hop to it! Looks great, as always. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Heather May 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    these spices rock my face off!

  6. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I have a Moroccan seasoning blend that’s begging to be used for this beautiful recipe, Bev! This looks soooo mouthwatering!

  7. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Bev, no comment on the American Idol fiasco. BUT… big holy YUM on the salad!!

  8. Krissy @ Make it Naked May 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I may or may not have voted for him an embarrassing number of times.

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks May 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Those sweet tater fries look…so good. I need those! And these spices sound delish! I need a trip to Morocco!

  10. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I’m in love with all these flavors here!

  11. Deanna B. May 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    I want to slather all those spice on myself and go bake at the beach. Yum.

  12. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven May 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Holy moly, this looks good. Love the sweet potato. And LOVE Phillip Phillips!!!! Stoked for the finale next week! :)

  13. marla May 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Can I trade you a creamed corn popsicle for some of this chicken? Maybe?

  14. Katie | Healthnut Foodie May 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Yummy! I love the blend of Moroccan spices. We love them with roasted veggies, couscous, and chicken sausage. mmm…

  15. Amber @ The Cook's Sister May 19, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    Great salad! Love the combination of flavours!

  16. Cassie May 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Holy sweet potato. This sounds so amazing. We’ve been pretty much living on salads lately. I will be adding Moroccan spices this week!

  17. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. May 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    This is a great looking dish! Your blog is one of my faves!

  18. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids May 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    This salad looks amazing.

    And, I am so happy that I am reading this on Sunday instead of Friday because now I know that I am, in fact, a 12 year old because I just got excited all over again, just thinking about Phillip making it to the finale. You know I will be tweeting you Tuesday, Wednesday, or maybe both. :)

  19. Laurie May 21, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    I love these seasonings.. this is a must try. I am definitely bookmarking this!
    And pinning it too! :)

  20. Villy @ For the love of Feeding May 21, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Amazing salad!! (But I was veeeeeery disappointed Joshua did not make it to the finale…)

  21. Karriann May 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    This is mighty fine ;)

    “Spice it Up”

  22. Deborah May 22, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    I’m totally rooting for him in the finale. And I’d like to be eating a bowl of this salad while I watch.
    Yum!

  23. Ashley@BakerbyNature May 24, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    I want. want want want want – that is all.

  24. Kevin (Closet Cooking) May 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I am really liking the flavours in this Moroccan chicken salad!

  25. share tips May 25, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I’d like to be eating a bowl of this salad while I am really liking the flavours in this Moroccan chicken salad!

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