Prepare to be whisked away on a culinary journey through the exotic flavors of Moroccan cuisine with my starry night Moroccan chicken salad recipe. Designed to impress your guests and satisfy even the most discerning palates, this dish is a perfect blend of taste, nutrition and elegance that will elevate any get-together from humdrum to spectacular.

As an experienced home chef, I am always searching for new ways to infuse bold and refreshing flavors into familiar dishes. This recipe is a prime example of my creativity in the kitchen, combining tender and juicy chicken breasts with the rich Mediterranean tastes of cumin seed, red bell pepper and kalamata olives. The herbs and spices that create the magical essence of Moroccan cuisine are all blended expertly in this recipe.

I want this recipe to serve as a beacon of inspiration for you, helping you bring fresh concepts to your own cooking endeavors. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or an aspiring beginner, my starry night Moroccan chicken salad is easy to make and yields amazing results every time. I guarantee that this dish will leave your guests feeling satisfied and happy, eager to share your recipe secrets with their own friends! So let’s dive in and explore the foodie wonders of Morocco together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Moroccan Chicken Salad for a Starry Night
Moroccan Chicken Salad for a Starry Night

If you’re looking for a flavorful and healthy dish that’s perfect for any occasion, then look no further than my Moroccan Chicken Salad recipe. This salad is a little taste of Moroccan cuisine that will make your taste buds dance like the stars on a starry night.

One of the things you’ll love about this recipe is how easy it is to make. The ingredients list isn’t too long, and everything comes together pretty quickly. Plus, you can make it in advance and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

But the real magic of this dish is in the flavors. The combination of spices like cumin, paprika, and cayenne gives the chicken a deliciously Moroccan-inspired taste, while the kalamata olives add a salty tang to every bite. The fresh Italian parsley and cilantro bring some brightness and freshness to the mix.

And let’s not forget about the dressing. A simple combination of olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, garlic, and more spices ties everything together with a zesty kick.

Overall, this recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to impress their guests with something different and exciting. It’s also gluten-free and packed with protein thanks to the chicken breasts, so you can feel good about eating it too! Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just want a healthy lunch option for the week, this salad is sure to be a hit.

Ingredient List

 Juicy grilled chicken, fresh veggies, and warm Moroccan spices all in one dish
Juicy grilled chicken, fresh veggies, and warm Moroccan spices all in one dish

Before embarking on this journey to create a delicious Moroccan Chicken Salad for a Starry Night, we must make sure we have all the required ingredients in our kitchen.

Here is the list of all the essential ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts – cooked and chopped into small pieces.
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives – sliced.
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley – chopped.
  • 1/2 cup cilantro – chopped.
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil.
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth.
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar.
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice.
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced.
  • 1 teaspoon paprika.
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds.
  • 1 medium-size red onion, thinly sliced.
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced.

For the Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparing for a recipe can be overwhelming, but having all the ingredients ready can make things easier. Get your apron, roll up your sleeves, and let’s begin cooking this tantalizing Moroccan Chicken Salad.

The Recipe How-To

 A colorful salad that's perfect for an outdoor soirée under the stars
A colorful salad that’s perfect for an outdoor soirée under the stars

Preparing Moroccan Chicken Salad for a Starry Night Recipe

With its burst of flavors, the Moroccan Chicken Salad is an inspired dish that will take your taste buds to another level. This colorful salad effortlessly infuses sweet and savory ingredients with exotic spices to create a warm balance of flavor. The following instructions will guide you through making this flavorful and exotic salad.


  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives (halved)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Italian Parsley Leaves
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro Leaves
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seed
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth

Step One: Poaching Chicken

In a large skillet, heat chicken broth and water over medium heat, add salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you prefer. After seasoning add the chicken breast and cook for about 10 minutes, or until it is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet, let it cool for some minutes before shredding it with a fork into small pieces.

Step Two: Sauteeing Vegetables

In another pan, sauté garlic cloves, diced red bell pepper, thinly sliced red onion in olive oil. Cook the vegetables until they soften over medium-high heat. Once done take it off from the heat.

Step Three: Combining Ingredients

Combine cooked shredded chicken with cooked vegetables in a large bowl. Add half-cup halved Kalamata olive, fresh parsley leaves, cilantro leaves, one teaspoon paprika, cayenne, cumin seed, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix them all thoroughly.

Step Four: Dressing the Salad

In a separate bowl whisk together three tablespoons of red wine vinegar, juice of one lemon, salt, black pepper then slowly drizzle in olive oil until emulsified. Pour the dressing on top of mixed ingredients in a large bowl.

Step Five: Let Chill

Cover your large bowl with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and let the chicken salad sit for at least 30 minutes.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Moroccan Chicken Salad with sliced pita bread or on top of mixed greens for additional crunch. You can also serve it inside pita bread pockets like traditional Greek gyro sandwiches to make it more unique. For additional flavor pairings add some hummus or tzatziki sauce on top!

It is perfect for picnics or as part of an outdoor entertaining party menu as a result

Substitutions and Variations

 Give your taste buds a treat with this fun and flavorful salad
Give your taste buds a treat with this fun and flavorful salad

The beauty of this Moroccan Chicken Salad recipe is that you can easily make substitutions and variations to suit your taste buds and dietary restrictions.

For a vegetarian option, you can substitute the chicken with chickpeas or roasted eggplants. It will add a nice texture and depth to the salad.

If you prefer a spicier kick to your food, increase the amount of cayenne pepper or add some diced jalapeno peppers into the mix.

To accommodate gluten-free guests, swap out regular couscous with quinoa or use gluten-free pita bread as a side.

For those who are not fans of olives, feel free to omit them from the recipe or replace with marinated artichoke hearts for a tangy flavor.

Want more protein in your dish? Add crumbled feta cheese or sliced hard-boiled eggs over the top for a creamy finish that perfectly complements the flavors of Moroccan cuisine.

If you enjoy Moroccan tagine chicken, then try using it as a base for this salad for an added layer of flavor. You can also experiment with chimichurri sauce or apricot vinaigrette as dressings to create your own unique twist on this classic recipe.

The possibilities are endless with this versatile recipe – no matter what substitution or variation you choose, it’s sure to be a hit at any party or gathering.

Serving and Pairing

 A healthy and hearty meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied
A healthy and hearty meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied

Looking for a salad that can make your backyard party unforgettable? Look no further, my Moroccan Chicken Salad is the star of any starry night! This dish oozes with vivid colors, flavors, and textures that will surely cheer up any dinner table. The salad is savory-sweet, accompanied by the juicy and succulent moroccan-inspired chicken breasts that are seasoned with a blend of spices like paprika, cayenne, and cumin seed.

But what’s a salad without a good pairing to complete the experience? I recommend serving this salad with some freshly baked pita bread or grilled naan bread. The pillowy bread when dipped into the tender chicken and crisp veggies adds another level of texture – crunchy on the inside while soft on the outside.

If you’re looking for something more substantial, try pairing this salad with some grilled veggies like bell peppers, sweet potato, and red onion. These veggies complement each other perfectly and bring out the best in Moroccan cuisine.

Another wine-fueled pairing which I’ve tasted before is serving this Moroccan Chicken Salad with a red wine blend. The fruity flavor of red wine paired with the richness of paprika makes it interesting and flavorful. You can also try it with Zinfandel, Pinotage, or even Shiraz.

If you want to keep it non-alcoholic, pairings such as mint tea or lemonade are also great options to balance out savory meaty dishes like this one.

This delightful salad is perfect for outdoor parties in warm weather; its colorful appearance is fantastic alongside any other dish on a buffet table. Be sure to garnish with additional kalamata olives and freshly chopped cilantro or parsley for an extra touch of flavor.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Impress your guests with this exotic and delicious chicken salad
Impress your guests with this exotic and delicious chicken salad

Making the Moroccan Chicken Salad ahead of time is a smart move, as it will free up more time for you to enjoy with your guests. The good news is that this salad can hold up well for a couple of days in the refrigerator without compromising its flavors.

To make ahead, prepare the chicken and chop all the veggies and herbs a day before. Store them separately in airtight containers or resealable bags in your fridge. Only assemble the salad with the dressing when you’re ready to serve.

If you have leftovers or want to store the salad after serving, transfer it into an airtight container and store it in your fridge. This dish is perfect for meal prep or lunchtime leftovers. Pair it with some pita bread, and you’ll feel like you’re eating fresh from a Mediterranean bistro.

When reheating the chicken, make sure to do so gently to avoid overcooking or drying out the meat. You could do this easily by placing the chicken on a baking sheet in the oven at 350°F for around 10 minutes or until heated through.

As for the dressing, I recommend storing it separately from the salad to prevent it from making everything too soggy. And if you find that your dressing has thickened up after storage, add a tablespoon or two of olive oil or lemon juice to loosen it up again.

With these make-ahead, storing, and reheating tips, you can enjoy this delicious Moroccan Chicken Salad anytime you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Layered with texture and taste, this salad is a feast for both the eyes and the palate
Layered with texture and taste, this salad is a feast for both the eyes and the palate

Making a chicken salad may seem like an easy task, but the unique spices and flavors required in a Moroccan Chicken Salad adds a bit of a challenge. However, with these tips, you’re sure to make the perfect bowl of Moroccan Chicken Salad every time.

First and foremost, don’t overcook the chicken. Thinly sliced chicken breasts work best for this recipe, and cooking them for too long can make it tough and dry. It’s better to take the chicken off the heat when it’s still slightly pink in the center since it will continue to cook while resting.

Next, be generous with fresh herbs. Use plenty of cilantro and Italian parsley to add brightness to the salad. The fresh flavors blend perfectly with the tangy dressing, making each bite taste like a burst of sunshine.

In addition, make sure your kalamata olives are pitted. Pitless kalamata olives save you the trouble of having to remove them as you eat your salad. Plus, they add a nice briny flavor and texture to the dish.

When preparing the dressing, use good quality olive oil for that distinct Moroccan flair. A combination of red wine vinegar and lemon juice complements the chicken and spices in this refreshing recipe. Be sure to whisk everything together before tossing it with the salad ingredients for an even coating.

Lastly, don’t rush through prep time – this salad needs to chill for a little bit before serving. Letting it chill in the fridge helps all the flavors meld together so that each bite is filled with savory Morrocan goodness.

With these tips, you’re now ready to make your own delicious Moroccan Chicken Salad – perfect for any starry night party!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Moroccan Chicken Salad for a Starry Night recipe is a must-try for anyone looking to impress their guests with unique and exciting flavors. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also gluten-free and highly customizable to fit any dietary restrictions or preferences. The combination of tender chicken, flavorful spices, and fresh veggies will leave your taste buds dancing and make for a memorable dining experience.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, potluck, or simply wanting to add some variety to your weeknight meals, the Moroccan Chicken Salad for a Starry Night is the perfect dish. So go ahead and give it a try – your taste buds (and your guests) will thank you!

Moroccan Chicken Salad for a Starry Night

Moroccan Chicken Salad for a Starry Night Recipe

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer/Salad
Cuisine Moroccan
Calories 250.3 kcal


  • 2 whole chicken breasts
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced (may also use orange or yellow peppers)
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted cumin seed, ground
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, finely minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olive (or Nicoise olives)


  • Roast, broil, or poach the chicken breast. When it cools, bone and skin it and shred the meat into bite size pieces.
  • In a bowl, combine the chicken, bell pepper, and onion. Chill, covered.
  • Mix the cumin, cayenne, paprika, and garlic. Whisk in lemon juice, vinegar, broth, and olive oil.
  • Stir in the cilantro, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and pour the vinaigrette over and toss. Garnish with olives. Enjoy!

Your Own Notes


Serving: 223gCalories: 250.3kcalCarbohydrates: 6.6gProtein: 22.1gFat: 14.7gSaturated Fat: 3.4gCholesterol: 61.9mgSodium: 235.2mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 2.5g
Keyword < 60 Mins, African, Chicken, Chicken Breast, Meat, Moroccan, Poultry, Salad Dressings, Vegetable, Very Low Carbs
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