On those nights when you want a complete meal in one pot, this One Pot Moroccan Chicken Rice and Potatoes Recipe is a breeze, and it delivers a delicious and filling meal with minimal effort. By cooking all the food together in one pot, the chicken juices really help to add amazing flavor and tenderness to the rice and potatoes. And the Moroccan spices make it all just taste soooooo good together!

This recipe was taught to me by my amazing Moroccan friend who makes this meal at least once a week. The first time I had it served to me at her house, I assumed this was a dish she slaved over all day. But to my surprise, it’s a pretty easy hands off meal that comes together perfectly! And who doesn’t love having just 1 pot to clean up afterward?

one pot morrocan chicken rice potatoes

One Pot Moroccan Chicken Rice and Potatoes Recipe

Calories369 kcal
Carbohydrates14 g
Fat7 g
Protein23 g
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes


Servings: 6
  • 3 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 1 lb Yukon gold potatoes - chopped into chunks
  • 1 cup short grain brown rice - rinsed
  • 2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 large onion - finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp tumeric
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all spices in a small bowl.
  • Heat oil in a large, oven safe pot, over medium high heat. Add in onions and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  • Add in rice and 1/2 of spice mixture. Stir well. Pour in 1 cup of the chicken broth.
  • In a large bowl, toss the chicken with remaining spice mixture until all chicken is evenly coated.
  • Add chicken to pot. Add in the potatoes too. And then add in remaining cup of broth, or more if needed to make sure that all the rice and chicken are covered by liquid. Bring to a boil.
  • As soon as the pot begins to boil, cover and transfer to oven and cook at 400 for 30 minutes. Then, lower heat to 350, and cook for about another 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Squeeze lemon juice over the pot before serving.


The entire recipe makes 6 servings
The serving size is about 2 drumsticks and 1/2 cup of rice and potatoes
*The nutritional info was calculated WITHOUT the skin from the chicken. The chicken was cooked with the skin, but removed before eating.


Calories: 369 kcal (18%)Carbohydrates: 14 g (5%)Protein: 23 g (46%)Fat: 7 g (11%)Saturated Fat: 2 g (13%)Fiber: 1 g (4%)Sugar: 0 g
Main IngredientChicken Recipes
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  1. Hi! I’d be interested in how to modify this recipe for an Instapot. I am sure it would cook very quickly and still be quite delicious. Do you have any recommendations on timing?

    • Wendy Reply

      I haven’t tried it yet myself, but if I did, I would probably do about 12-15 minutes, high pressure in the Instant Pot, with a 10 minute natural release. But, I’d also make sure to use a quick-cook brown rice, instead of the short grain brown rice in the original recipe, just to be safe. Or, switch to white rice. If you give it a try, come back and let us know how it turned out!

  2. I just got back from a vacation during which I visited Morocco and I had a hankering for the delicious taste of their food. I substituted “Moroccan spice” which I purchased there for the spices in this recipe (about 3 teaspoons,) and it came out absolutely delicious! I also used skinless boneless chicken thighs so no bones to contend with. I’ll be making this again soon!!

  3. I made this tonight for my husband and me. SO GOOD! Tastes way richer than I would have expected from 1 tablespoon of oil/no butter.

    When I put the recipe in WW recipe builder, though, it said 10 points per serving. Just FYI.

  4. Not sure where the ingredients or step is for the sauce?
    Also not sure if it should be covered in the oven?

    I made it without the sauce and did not cover it. I only had black rice so I substituted that.
    It came out good, chicken very tender, however I would be happy to know about the sauce and if I should have covered it.

    • Wendy Zitzman Reply

      Hi Kim! Great questions! Firstly, the pot goes covered into the oven. (I’ll make sure to update that in the recipe). And the sauce is made naturally from the water that simmers all the ingredients together.

  5. Thanks for the recipe. You say to add sauce with onion but you have omitted it from the ingredients.

  6. What sauce are you referring to in step 2? Think this may be a recipe the whole family will enjoy! :)

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