Ras El Hanout Roast Chicken


Embark on a spice-filled journey with the Ras El Hanout Roast Chicken, a dish that encapsulates the essence of Moroccan spice artistry. 'Ras El Hanout,' meaning 'head of the shop,' is a blend of the finest spices a vendor offers. This roast chicken, coated generously in these aromatic spices, offers a symphony of flavors, making every bite an exploration of North African culinary traditions.

Ras El Hanout Roast Chicken:

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 2 hours (optional but recommended)
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes (excluding marinating time)

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 340 kcal
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fat: 22g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 450mg


  • Whole chicken (about 1.5 kg or 3.3 pounds)
  • Ras El Hanout spice mix: 30g (2 tablespoons)
  • Olive oil: 45ml (3 tablespoons)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 3 (about 15g)
  • Lemon, juice and zest: 1 medium (about 50g)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Marinade: Mix Ras El Hanout, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, zest, salt, and pepper.
  2. Marinate Chicken: Rub the marinade all over the chicken, inside and out. Marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Roast: Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Place chicken in a roasting pan and cook for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the juices run clear.
  4. Rest and Serve: Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serve with roasted vegetables or couscous.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Homemade Ras El Hanout: If available, use a homemade blend for a more authentic flavor.
  • Basting: Baste the chicken occasionally with its juices for a moist result.
  • Checking Doneness: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked to 75°C (165°F).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Ras El Hanout made of? 

It's a blend of up to 30 spices, including cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and ginger.

Can I cook this on a grill? 

Absolutely! Grill the chicken over indirect heat for a smoky flavor.

How long can leftovers be stored? 

Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.