Moroccan Fried Chicken

This Moroccan Fried chicken is made from fresh whole chicken, which is cut into pieces that have been battered and then deep fried. The batter adds a crisper crust to chickens exterior. The chicken cut at the joints with the bones and skin being left intact gives the delicious taste. It adds additional crispness to the chicken.

This fried chicken is “crunchy” and “juicy” as well as “crispy”.It is coated with whole wheat flour/all purpose flour and fried. Seasonings such as turmeric powder, paprika and salt are mixed with the flour.

Either process may be preceded by marinating with buttermilk, the acidity of which acts as a meat tenderizer along with black pepper, coriander, turmeric powder, paprika and salt. As the pieces of chicken cook, some of the moisture that exudes from the chicken is absorbed by the coating of flour and browns along with the flour, creating a flavorful crust.

I have posted Step by Step pictures for this recipe! Let’s get started.

Cuisine: Moroccan
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
Serving Size: 4 People

Whole Chicken (Cut into pieces)1
Whole Black Pepper1 tbsp
Coriander Seeds1tbsp
Turmeric Powder1/2 tsp
Paprika2 tsp
Buttermilk3/4 cup
Egg2 nos
Whole Wheat Flour/All Purpose Flour1 cup
SaltTo Taste
Oil For FryingAs Required


Ingredients to prepare Moroccan Fried Chicken (Refer Table for exact measurements)
  • Take a whole chicken and cut into pieces.
  • In a mortar & pestle/hand grinder add the whole black pepper, coriander seeds and crush it to a powder.
  • Now add the turmeric powder, paprika and salt.
  • Mix and combine all the spices together.


  • In a large mixing bowl, add the chicken pieces, rub and coat the spice powder on all the chicken pieces.
  • Now add the buttermilk, lightly beaten eggs into the coated chicken pieces and mix well until it is well combined.
  • Cover and rest it for about 10 minutes.

Deep Frying:

  • Prepare the flour to coat chicken. For a perfect crispy and juicy fried chicken it has to be fried twice in the oil.
  • In a plate, add a cup of whole wheat flour/All purpose flour with some turmeric powder, paprika and salt. Mix and combine well. Now coat the chicken pieces for frying. Coat on all sides of the chicken.
  • Heat oil in a pan for deep frying. Now carefully, start frying the battered chicken one by one. Cook the chicken until it is brown in color. Flip the chicken and rotate when it is being cooked to cook evenly on all sides. Never overcrowd the pan, which can cause the oil temperature to drop too low. 
  • When it turns golden brown take it out from the oil and place it on the wire rack to drain out the excess oil from the chicken. Repeat this for the other pieces.
  • Now we have to fry the chicken pieces again after 5 minutes, which will result with the crispy and juicy fried chicken. Drop into the oil and fry for about 3 to 5 minutes. You could see the crispy layer outside the chicken pieces. Now you can take it out from the oil and place it on the wire rack. The chicken is ready to serve with your favorite dips.
  • You can also make a burger with the breast pieces of this fried chicken. Moroccan buns are very tasty and a great combination with these Moroccan Fried Chicken.


Please do try this recipe and share it with your family and friends! I would love to hear what you think if you try this recipe. Just post a comment in the recipe below. Tag me on Instagram @sweetkaaramcoffee if you make this, or any of my other recipes, I’ll re-share on my stories.

Tips & Notes:

  • Never Overcrowd the Pan – When you fry never overcrowd the pan, which can cause the oil temperature to drop too low. Low oil temperature, not only take longer to cook but they can also make your fried food taste soggy.
  • Oil Temperature– Let the oil come all the way back up to temperature before adding the next batch.
  • Coating with the flour – Do not skip the coating with the flour. That’s what makes each bite crispy-crunchy and keeps the meat moist.
  • Cast Iron Pan – You can use cast iron pan for frying because it retains heat better and stays at the temperature you want.
  • Frying Oil – Go for a neutral tasting oil like canola oil, vegetable oil or peanut oil. You can use a thermometer to track and maintain the temperature of the oil you’re looking for a steady 350 degrees.
  • Wire Rack – Drain your chicken on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. If you rest on the paper towels they soak up excess fat. Letting anything that’s been fried sit on paper towel will make it soggy, because it’ll start to steam. Instead if you drain on a wire rack, they’ll cool, crisp, and dry off all at once.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Kiersten says:

    Yummm this looks great!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Stephanie says:

    You are speaking my language with this particular recipe! I love crispy, fried chicken – and the additional spices are the best way to kick it up a notch! I have to try this out as soon as possible!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Karthigha says:

      Thank you 😊 Do try the recipe and let me know your feedback and comments!


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