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Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken

Treat the family to a nourishing, flavorful, and comforting meal with this easy one-pot Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken! In just 30 minutes, you can have a delicious dish on the table. Get ready to be amazed with chickpeas, quinoa, and flavourful chicken thighs all brought together in this tasty dish - it's perfect for busy weekday dinners!
Moroccan Chicken on a white platter.

Looking for a healthy and delicious dinner idea that’s packed with flavor? You’re going to love this easy Instant Pot Moroccan chicken recipe! Combine tender chicken thighs with flavorful spices and filling quinoa to make this simple one-pot meal. And with the help of your pressure cooker, it’s ready in under 30 minutes!

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What Do I Need to Make Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken?

The classic combination of chicken and grain is taken to the next level with this Moroccan-inspired dish, which features seasoned chicken thighs over a bed of protein-packed quinoa and chickpeas. And the best part about this simple dish is that you can enjoy tons of flavor from just a handful of ingredients. To make your own Moroccan chicken at home, you’ll need the following:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Turmeric powder
  • Cumin powder
  • Black pepper powder
  • Olive oil
  • Minced ginger
  • Minced garlic
  • Onion
  • Quinoa
  • Golden raisins or dried cherries
  • Chickpeas
  • Chicken stock
  • Fresh cilantro

Ingredients for Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken.

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How Do I Make Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken?

Making a hearty one-pot meal is quick and easy when you have a pressure cooker in your kitchen! That’s because you can combine all the ingredients in your dinner inside one handy pot. After that, all that’s left to do is let the Instant Pot do the hard work of cooking your dinner for you! To make Moroccan chicken in your Instant Pot, just follow these easy instructions:

Step One: Season the Chicken

Before you can start cooking your Moroccan chicken, you must prepare the thighs. Place the thighs in a bowl and season them with salt, paprika, turmeric, cumin, and pepper. Lightly rub the seasoning into the thighs, coating all sides.

Step Two: Brown the Chicken

Turn on the Instant Pot and set it to Saute mode. When the pot is hot, add the olive oil. After the oil has warmed up, place the chicken in the pot and brown each side until it’s crusty. Then, remove the chicken from the pot and set it aside.

Overhead view of Moroccan Chicken in the Instant Pot.

Step Three: Saute the Vegetables

Add garlic, ginger, and onions after removing the chicken from the pot. Continue sauteing the vegetables for two minutes until they’re tender. Then, turn off the saute mode.

Step Four: Add the Ingredients

Add the quinoa, golden raisins, chickpeas, and chicken stock to the pot with the vegetables. Stir to mix the ingredients together, then place the browned chicken on top. 

Step Five: Pressure Cook the Moroccan Chicken

Put the lid on the pressure cooker and seal the vent on top. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 10 minutes. When the cooking time is up, quickly release the pressure from the pot by manually moving the valve from the sealing to the venting position. When the pressure has been removed, carefully remove the lid and turn off the pot. Serve the chicken dinner topped with chopped cilantro.

Override view of Moroccan Chicken on a white platter.

Moroccan Chicken Recipe Ideas

Everyone in the family will love this simple one-pot meal’s delicious combination of ingredients. And with the help of these recipe substitution ideas, you can prepare an amazing dinner that’s sure to be a hit each time you make it.

  • Try different dried fruit. Golden raisins are a classic addition to a Moroccan meal. They add a nice sweetness to the dish to help balance the spices. But if you don’t have any golden raisins on hand, you can also use dried cherries or dried apricots.
  • Use a different grain. Another easy way to change up this simple dinner is to swap out the quinoa with a different grain. Try using couscous, lentils, or long-grain rice.
  • Make it with chicken breasts. If you prefer white-meat chicken, this recipe can also be prepared with boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Remember that larger breasts may take longer to cook in the Instant Pot than small chicken thighs. If you’re using large breasts, add an extra two minutes of cook time to the recipe to ensure your chicken is cooked through.

Moroccan-style chicken on a white platter.

Why Did I Get a Burn Notice on My Instant Pot?

When preparing grains in the Instant Pot, getting the dreaded “burn” alert is easy, which causes the pot to turn off and quit cooking. That’s because grains like quinoa and rice can get stuck on the bottom of the pot as they cook, causing them to burn.

To avoid getting a burn notice when making this recipe, ensure that your pot has plenty of liquid. Since quinoa soaks up liquid and expands as it cooks, you must ensure the grain is fully covered in broth before cooking.

How Do I Store Moroccan Chicken with Quinoa?

This quick and easy Instant Pot dinner is packed with flavor, which means it’s sure to be enjoyed by everyone in the family. But if you have a few leftovers when dinner is through, you can store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them again.

Transfer the chicken and quinoa to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to four days. 

To reheat the chicken, warm it in the microwave or place it in an oven-safe dish and cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit  until warmed.

Moroccan Chicken on a white platter.

Moroccan Chicken on a white platter.

Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken

Treat the family to a nourishing, flavorful, and comforting meal with this easy one-pot Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken! In just 30 minutes, you can have a delicious dish on the table. Get ready to be amazed with chickpeas, quinoa, and flavourful chicken thighs all brought together in this tasty dish - it's perfect for busy weekday dinners!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Instant Pot
Keyword: Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 371kcal



  • 1 ½ lbs skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium size onion diced
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • ½ cup golden raisins or dried cherries
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish.


  • In a large bowl season chicken thighs with salt, paprika, turmeric powder, cumin powder, and black pepper.
  • Turn the Instant pot on and select the Sauté button. Add olive oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add chicken and cook it until brown and crusty on both sides.
  • Once done remove the chicken and set aside.
  • In the same oil add garlic, ginger, and onions and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Next add quinoa, golden raisins, chickpeas, and chicken stock and mix. Place the browned chicken on top.
  • CANCEL the SAUTE button. Select the PRESSURE COOK button on HIGH PRESSURE for 10 minutes. (Make sure the valve is in SEALING position).
  • Once the pressure-cooking cycle is over, quick release pressure by manually moving the valve from SEALING to VENTING position.
  • Take the lid off carefully and select the CANCEL button.
  • Serve hot garnished with chopped cilantro.


Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 537mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 4mg
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Tuesday 17th of October 2023

Can you make this in the instant pot with frozen chicken breasts?


Wednesday 18th of October 2023

@Shelly, Yes that will work! Just add 2 minutes to cook time.