Spiced Chicken Kabobs over Moroccan Celeriac Rice

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Spiced Chicken Kabobs over Moroccan Celeriac Rice

Spiced Chicken Kabobs over Moroccan Celeriac Rice

If you’re looking at these pictures and thinking, “Why is she posting a rice dish on her spiralizing blog?” that means I’m doing my “job.”

Spiralizing is amazing on so many levels (check out my reasons for why everyone should spiralize), but it’s most amazing when it tricks people’s eyes into thinking they’re looking at “regular” pasta and rice.

This celeriac rice tastes just like a spiced Moroccan pilaf. Really, it’s uncanny. When I uploaded the photos after making the recipe, they kinda made me fall in love with spiralizing all over again.

Spiced Chicken Kabobs over Moroccan Celeriac Rice

Moroccan spices are lovely, but they can sometimes be overpowering. With celeriac rice, its refreshing celery taste marries well with the intense Moroccan flavors and creates the perfect balance.

This dish has everything – sweet apricots, toasted pine nuts and savory shallots. Every bite has a kick of flavor, a subtle sweetness and a refreshing tang.

Spiced Chicken Kabobs over Moroccan Celeriac Rice

Plus, who doesn’t love kabobs? Kabobs aren’t just for summertime and grilling – they’re easy to make and pop in the oven. If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them for at least 30 minutes – 1 hour prior to using them, to ensure they don’t, you know, burst into flames in the oven. If you’re using a metal skewer, don’t worry – you can go straight to the oven!

There’s something exciting about eating kabobs with rice – they’re fun to eat. These chicken kabobs are “build your own.” I built each one slightly different, as you’ll see here before I popped them in the oven:

Spiced Chicken Kabobs over Moroccan Celeriac Rice

At the end, I sprinkled a little feta on top because Lu was eating it and it added a nice saltiness that complemented the chicken and tomatoes. It’s completely optional, as listed in the ingredients – I just wanted to give you the idea. Plus, mo fetta mo betta!

If you’re a vegetarian, try using sliced portobello mushrooms on the kabobs, tofu or try adding some quinoa to the rice for more protein. I hope my recipes inspire you to create your own customized meals!

Spiced Chicken Kabobs over Moroccan Celeriac Rice

This dish is truly Inspiralized – a global classic made healthy and light, by way of the spiralizer. If you’ve never made spiralized rice, check out this page to learn how to make it!

Nutritional Information & Recipes


Spiced Chicken Kabobs over Moroccan Celeriac Rice

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 3 cups of rice, 6 kabobs


  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 large shallots peeled, minced
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 large celeriac or two medium, peeled, Blade C
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 cup diced dried apricots
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta to garnish (optional)
  • For the kabobs:
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large chicken breast cut into 1” cubes (about 1 pound)
  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 large bell pepper any color
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 dozen cherry tomatoes


  • If you’re using wooden skewers, make sure you soak them for at least 30 minutes – 1 hour to avoid burning in the oven. If you’re using a metal skewer, you can skip this step.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the kabob spices (cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne) into a large bowl and mix together. Add in the chicken, olive oil and lemon juice and season with the salt and pepper. Toss to mix thoroughly. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • While chicken marinates, place the celeriac noodles into a food processor and pulse until rice-like. Set aside. Then, chop the onion and bell peppers into 1” pieces.
  • Once the chicken is marinated, skewer the marinated chicken, bell peppers, onion sand tomatoes as you prefer (in any order.) You should be able to make 6 skewers, with 2-3 pieces of chicken per skewer.
  • Arrange the skewers on a large nonstick baking sheet in a single layer and bake until chicken is just cooked through and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the oil. Add the shallot and cook for 1-2 minutes until translucent and fragrant. Add the garlic and pine nuts and cook, stirring frequently, until the nuts are lightly toasted, slightly golden brown. Add in the celeriac rice and stir in the spices and apricots and mix well. Season with salt and pepper, pour in the chicken broth, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until celeriac reaches a rice-like consistency and is no longer crunchy, uncovering the skillet to stir occasionally.
  • Stir in the parsley and divide into three plates, topping each plate each with 2 kabobs.

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Saunya says:
this looks great - been looking to try celeriac and now have found a great reason to!
Eliza says:
Looks absolutely amazing!
Lindsay says:
This looks delicious. And my health journey is to feel better overall. I eat (pretty) healthy and I exercise daily but I think I'm missing something so trying to work on that !
Laura says:
Yes I'm trying to focus on real, whole foods and having a healthy pregnancy
Barbara says:
Kabobs look delicious! Can't wait to make it!
hira says:
Looks delicious!!! Can't wait to try it.
Jodi G. says:
I am trying to focus on nutrition instead of calories to eat in a way that fuels my body and keeps it healthy.
Ashley says:
I'm trying not to snack once I've eaten dinner. I have a tendency towards late night binge eating
Anonymous says:
I miss the save button! I used to have everything in My recipe box tab....now, i'm all over the place looking for my favorites! I guess I'll get used to it, but just saying. Love this site!
I know - ZipList discontinued that service! You can follow me on Pinterest and save your recipes: Pinterest.com/Inspiralized ?
What exactly is celeric? Is it easy enough to find at Whole Foods?
Celeriac is the root of celery! Yes, you can find it at Whole Foods!
Thanks!! I'm excited to try this out.
jesusan says:
This sounds great - I love Moroccan flavors. Question: do you use dried or fresh apricots here? I'm guessing by the amount that you are using dried. Thanks.
Dried - I updated the recipe, thanks for pointing that out!
Very interesting recipe, really excited to give it a try once I get my hands on some celeriac! I am on a life long health journey, and hope to continue finding fun and delicious ways to include tons of nutrient dense veggies into my diet. Your website definitely helps with that!
You can always use other veggies instead of celeriac - try turnip here, that would work nicely! Good luck on your fit journey.
Steph G. says:
This looks awesome! :-D And yes, I am on a health journey! I have the overarching weight goal of 25 pounds, and also the goal of just feeling healthier all around! :-D
Kris Nichols says:
I finally bought a spiralizer and can't wait to shed these 20 pounds!
Kim says:
We've now made this "rice" twice this week, and everyone loved it! We've been ricing cauliflower for a while now, but that was getting boring and this recipe with celeriac is a nicer texture. Our local produce market was selling them for $1.99. It was GINORMOUS. Hooray! Thank you for another fantastic recipe.
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked the recipe.
Heather says:
Made this Monday for dinner and have been really enjoying the leftovers ever since! It's my first time having celeriac and I'm hooked!
SO happy you've tried a new veggie! Thanks so much :)
em says:
I have a celeriac I was going to make a salad with. But you've ruined my plans. Now I have to make this instead. HAVE TO ;)
Beata says:
This is my new favorite dish, the chicken is so flavorful and easy to make!
Julie says:
Last night was my first time using my spiralizer and using a recipe from this site. I just made these kabobs and rice last night and it was delicious! I was suprised how much I enjoyed the flavors and celeriac rice. This recipe is a keeper. So excited to try other recipes from this site.
Wanda says:
Thank you for this fabulous recipe. My husband loves the flavours in this "rice". I found your website after purchasing a handheld spiralizer. We enjoyed all the recipes we tried but were limited to smaller vegetables. Our Inspiralizer arrived last week and I can't get enough. I rave to all my friends about your delicious recipes and how much more we are enjoying vegetables since I found your website. Thank you. Thank you.

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