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Sesame & Chermoula-spiced Chicken Pieces

Sesame & Chermoula-spiced Chicken Pieces


Chicken is a staple in many households. This recipe is so easy and delicious with it's tomato and olive sauce – the whole family will enjoy it!

  • Serves: 4 |
    4 servings
  • Difficulty:

  • Prep Time : 20 mins |
  • Cook Time : 45 mins
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6 chicken breasts, skin removed and deboned

2 Tbsp (30 ml) chermoula spice

2 eggs, lightly whisked with 2 Tbsp (30 ml) water

¼ C (60 ml) sesame seeds

salt and pepper

olive oil, for drizzling


1 tsp (5 ml) olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 Tbsp (15 ml) garlic, crushed

1 tsp (5 ml) ginger, finely grated

3 large tomatoes, chopped

1 x 410 g tin of whole peeled tomatoes

1 tsp(5 ml) honey

1 tsp (5 ml) capers, finely chopped

1 Tbsp (15 ml) origanum, finely chopped

100 g pitted black olives, sliced

salt and pepper

Minted Courgettes

1 Tbsp (15 ml) butter

500 g courgettes, quartered

zest from 1 lemon

juice from 1 lemon

¼ C (60 ml) mint, finely chopped

salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 180 °C.

Slice the chicken breasts into 4 or 5 pieces. Cut each piece at a slanted angle. Sprinkle the chermoula spice over the chicken. Dip each piece of chicken into the whisked egg mixture and then into the sesame seeds. Place on a baking tray and season with salt and pepper. Add a light drizzling of olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes.


Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and gently sauté for 5 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, canned tomatoes, honey, capers and origanum. Simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the olives and season to taste.

Minted Courgettes

Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat. Once bubbling, add the courgettes and fry for 5 minutes until tender. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and mint. Season to taste.

Serve the chicken pieces with the sauce and minted courgettes on the side.

TIP: Other low carb sides that would work well with this chicken dish are roasted pumpkin, steamed green beans or cauliflower and broccoli mash.