Cooking on the Beach: Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads

We have a couple of birthdays this month so we’ve gathered together at the beach hut to have a little party and we cooked Moroccan Spiced Chicken Flatbreads on the fire pit.  Having your favourite people around you while you cook and everyone eats together is the best way to celebrate especially when you’ve got a few age ranges to celebrate!

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Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads cooked on the beach. Perfect party food with delicious toppings of Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a Citrus Garlic Yoghurt Dip

So that we all could enjoy the party, I  prepped the chicken and a richly spiced buttermilk marinade ahead of time and simply placed everything in a sealable bag ready to go on the fire as soon as it’s nice and hot.  So none of that mixing and chopping at the last-minute.  More time for talking and laughing.  Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen when the party is in full swing?

Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads cooked on the beach. Perfect party food with delicious toppings of Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a Citrus Garlic Yoghurt Dip

Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads cooked on the beach. Perfect party food with delicious toppings of Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a Citrus Garlic Yoghurt Dip

Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads cooked on the beach. Perfect party food with delicious toppings of Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a Citrus Garlic Yoghurt Dip

Build your fire/bbq and once up to temperature add your skillet or frying pan to the heat.  Then check it’s nice and hot by adding a small amount of the chicken and if it has a good sizzle then you are ready to go.  Add the chicken spoonful at a time so not to overcrowd your pan, which will reduce the heat.  We want it good and hot so it cooks the chicken thoroughly.

Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads cooked on the beach. Perfect party food with delicious toppings of Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a Citrus Garlic Yoghurt Dip

You will see that I added lemon halves to the marinade and once cooked these become all charred and the insides all jammy.  When the dish is ready, squeeze out the flesh and it makes to most delicious addition to the final dish. 

Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads cooked on the beach. Perfect party food with delicious toppings of Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a Citrus Garlic Yoghurt Dip

Remove the pan from the heat and allow to rest for a few minutes while you heat the flatbreads on the fire and get the toppings together. 

I made two toppings, again ahead of time: a roasted red pepper salad with walnuts and pomegranate molasses; and a citrus, garlic and herb yoghurt dip. You could also add a shop-bought hummus and jazz it up with a few additional ingredients as I did HERE.

Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads cooked on the beach. Perfect party food with delicious toppings of Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a Citrus Garlic Yoghurt Dip

Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads cooked on the beach. Perfect party food with delicious toppings of Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a Citrus Garlic Yoghurt Dip

We all tucked in and all had seconds so this does make a generous amount for 10 people which is want you want in a party – lots of chat, food and laughter. 

Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads cooked on the beach. Perfect party food with delicious toppings of Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a Citrus Garlic Yoghurt Dip

Moroccan Chicken Flatbreads
A delicious richly spiced buttermilk marinade that can be made ahead of time.
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Ingredients
  1. 6 chicken breasts, cubed
  2. 2 lemons, halved and juice of 1
  3. 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  4. 1 red chilli, halved
  5. 1 tablespoon oil
  6. 150ml buttermilk
  7. 2 teaspoon paprika
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. half teaspoon ground ginger
  10. half teaspoon turmeric
  11. half teaspoon ground cinnamon
  12. good grinding of sea salt and black pepper
  13. handful of fresh corriander, stalks and leaves finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken in a large sealable bag and then add the remaining ingredients and massage the bag until well combined and chicken covered.
  2. Allow to marinade for 2-4 hours.
Notes
  1. Let the chicken marinade to work its marinade so you can enjoy the party and it's ready and waiting for you.
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Roasted Red Pepper Salad
Serves 4
Delicious on it's own with feta cheese or as a topping to wraps and flatbreads
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Ingredients
  1. 3 red peppers, cut into quarters and all seeds removed
  2. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses
  5. small handful walnut pieces
  6. 2 large sprigs fresh mint, finely shredded
  7. pinch of chilli flakes
Instructions
  1. Place the prepared red peppers under the grill and grill until blackened.
  2. Remove from the heat and place in a bag for around 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the bag and peel off the blackend skin and then slice thinly.
  4. Place in a bowl alongwith the oil, pomegrante molases and garlic and stir to combine.
  5. Sprinkle over the walnut pieces and the fresh mint and chilli flakes
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Citrus and Garlic Yoghurt Dip
Use as a dip or as a topping for wraps and dips. Perfect with richly spiced foods.
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Ingredients
  1. 300g Greek Yoghurt
  2. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  3. couple of dashes of Tabasco
  4. zest of half lemon
  5. 50g or small handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
  6. 50g or small handful fresh fresh coriander, finely chopped
  7. 30g fresh mint, finely chopped
  8. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the yoghurt in a large dish add the garlic, Tabasco and lemon zest. Stir until well combined.
  2. Add the fresh herbs and combine gently until just combined. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
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29 Comments

  • Reply Helen 7th June 2017 at 9:30 am

    Wow these sound and look incredible! I love your photography too 🙂

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 8th June 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you Helen, lovely to read such a kind comment. Elinor x

  • Reply Cathy Glynn 7th June 2017 at 10:33 am

    My mouth was watering reading this, it sounds delicious. I may not have a fire pit but will be attempting this at home x

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 8th June 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks Cathy, yes this would work on a regular grill for sure. Elinor x

  • Reply Talya 7th June 2017 at 10:54 am

    Oh my goodness my tummy is really rumbling now! I love Moroccan food and it looked so idyllic the way you were cooking this on the beach – yum!

  • Reply Newcastle Family Life 7th June 2017 at 5:48 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing, brilliant photos too. I bet it tasted amazing cooked over a fire pit to enjoy at the beach x

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 8th June 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you. I am lucky to have an A Level Photography son on hand from time to time! Elinor x

  • Reply Baby Isabella 8th June 2017 at 8:10 am

    Mmmmm Om Nom Nom! These look fantastic and perfect for a day out. We must give these Moroccan spiced chicken flatbreads a go as we’re big fans of Moroccan cous cous and love the flavours x

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 8th June 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you. Yes, we had a lovely day. Our beach hut is a short walk from our house so we go there a lot! Elinor x

  • Reply Evelina 8th June 2017 at 11:08 am

    OMG your photos made my mouth water! Looks super delicious!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 8th June 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much xx Elinor xx

  • Reply Claire justine 8th June 2017 at 11:52 am

    Oh wow, this looks so tasty. Great pictures, I bet it tasted even better out on the beach, beautiful 🙂

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 8th June 2017 at 3:34 pm

      Everything tastes better cooked outside! Being with those pirate children of ours helps (mind you they aren’t children anymore!!) Elinor x

  • Reply Lindsey London Mumma 8th June 2017 at 1:39 pm

    The things is as great as this looks, alot of morrocan food has corriander, but the dish looks divine I suppose I could always taker it out.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 8th June 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Yes Lindsey, you could replace the coriander with parsley if you like and I’m sure it would be equally delicious. Elinor x

  • Reply five little doves 8th June 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I LOVE Moroccan chicken and I love the beach, so this is literally the perfect dish!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 8th June 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you. I love being with our people the most. Where does the time go? Elinor x

  • Reply Kara 9th June 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I think this would work well on a barbecue, it looks and sounds delicious

  • Reply Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... 9th June 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I love the idea of cooking on a beach, great how you have thought about accompanying dips too!

  • Reply Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs 10th June 2017 at 2:14 pm

    That looks delicious! Food, beach and quality time with the family, sounds like my favourite kind of day 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie 12th June 2017 at 9:45 pm

    We’ve just got a firepit, and I can’t wait to start using it. Something like this is perfect for it. Pinning for future reference!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 13th June 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Thank you Steph. They are really are fun! Elinor x

  • Reply Anna Johnston 14th June 2017 at 11:32 am

    What a great recipe, in fact I’ve whiled away an hour reading your fun fab foodie posts. Always great to find a new blog that makes your mouth water to try new recipes. Don’t have a firepit as such but I do live on the beach…. food for thought. Thanks, I’ll be back 🙂

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 15th June 2017 at 11:08 am

      Oh thank you Anna, that makes me happy. Sometimes I think – who’s going to read my blog? I am being silly? Elinor x

  • Reply Rebecca Smith 19th June 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Oh my goodness me, you’re cooking looks fantastic and all from a beach hut too, I am soooooo jealous! we love hiring beach huts when we can, our fave destination being Holkham Beach, with the pirate island (that’s what my kids call it!) This looks so delicious and boy could I do with being on a beach right now with the much needed sea breeze!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 20th June 2017 at 11:50 am

      Thank you. Oh yes that beach is lovely. Elinor x

  • Reply Meals and Makes 20th June 2017 at 8:44 am

    What a great idea for a bbq! Such a nice change to the normal burgers and sausages. The photos are lovely, it looks delicious. #recipeoftheweek

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 20th June 2017 at 11:50 am

      Thank you. Any excuse to have our older children join us. Food does that! Elinor x

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