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Chicken Chermoula

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Lemon chermoula

  • 60 g cumin seeds
  • 30 g coriander seeds
  • 2 cm ginger, peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small red chilli
  • fresh coriander, small handful
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest, no white pith
  • 100 g olive oil
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste


  • 8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinned
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 700 g water
  • 2-3 slices of spring onion, for garnishing
  • 1-2 slices of fresh chilli, for garnishing
  • 6
    Preparation 10min
  • 7
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Recipe's preparation

    Lemon chermoula
  1. Place cumin and coriander seeds into mixing bowl and dry roast 5 min/Varoma/speed 1.

  2. Remove mixing bowl lid and allow to cool. Pulse 3 times/1 sec/Turbo, until powdered. Cool slightly.

  3. Add ginger, garlic, chilli and coriander to mixing bowl and chop 10 sec/speed 7.

  4. Place remaining ingredients into mixing bowl and chop 20 sec/speed 7.

  5. Transfer into a screw top jar and set aside.

  6. Chicken
  7. Mix 2 tablespoons of reserved chermoula with oil and rub onto chicken. Set aside to marinate up to several hours. (Not overnight).

  8. Place water into mixing bowl and place Varoma dish into position, adding marinated chicken into it. Cook 20-25 min/Varoma/speed 2. Check chicken after 15 minutes, remove when cooked and allow to rest.

  9. Garnish chicken with sliced spring onions and fresh chillies to serve.


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You can steam rice in the steamer basket whilst you are cooking the chicken if desired which is what I did and you can see what a lovely color (therefore flavor) the rice has been infused with!

Chermoula will keep in a sealable jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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  • This is a tasty recipe! Ran out of cumin so only...

    Submitted by tonynch on 16. December 2016 - 12:00.

    This is a tasty recipe! Ran out of cumin so only used 30g. Got to step 6 and then put the chicken on the BBQ - everyone raved about it. Would definitely make again.

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  • Lovely flavours.  The

    Submitted by alisonjones072 on 2. December 2013 - 18:22.

    Lovely flavours.  The marinade made more than enough for double the amount of chicken.  So the next night I steamed the additional 8 fillets, shredded them and made it into a pasta sauce with some extra sauted onion and garlic.  Add some cream, cook up some pasta, delicious.  Two meals in one and a great hit!

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  • You are welcome!

    Submitted by Thermomix in Australia on 10. January 2013 - 16:22.

    You are welcome!

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  • I have made the Chermoula and

    Submitted by juzzy71 on 10. January 2013 - 15:40.

    I have made the Chermoula and have my chicken marinating for tonight's dinner. The sauce tastes delicious. Can't wait to taste the cooked chicken. Thanks for the recipe.

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