I understand your issue with the lemons, but the spices of Moroccan push me back to red.
Incidentally, I have paired Merlot with a meal of cous cous mixed with veggies and garlic.
Bon Appetit has a similar chicken dish on the Feb front cover and they paired it with a lager beer or Zinfadel.
Mowine, open a red and a white!! Party on.