Cookstr.com

Moroccan Chicken with Olives and Lemons

Updated February 23, 2016
4.00

0 Comments

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

I have always loved this flavorful lemony chicken dish. It is served in Morocco as one of the courses at state dinners, and Moroccan Jews in Israel also often serve it in their homes to break the fast of Yom Kippur. In Israel the saffron used in Morocco is often replaced with the less expensive turmeric. Although I prefer using preserved lemons rather than fresh ones, either is acceptable. Traditionally made in a clay tagine, I make mine in an ovenproof frying pan or a Dutch oven.

6 to 8 servings

Cooking Methodbaking, sauteeing

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timea day or more

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Textureherby, salty, savory, spiced, tart

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic, mashed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch of saffron or turmeric
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup pitted green olives
  • 1-2 preserved lemons, diced

Instructions

Mix the mashed garlic with the salt and pepper, the paprika, saffron or turmeric, and half the parsley and cilantro. Rub onto the surface of the chicken and leave in the refrigerator, covered, overnight.

The next day, preheat the oven to 375°F and heat the olive oil in an ovenproof frying pan or a Dutch oven. Add the chicken, skin side down, and sauté for 5 minutes, until the skin browns.

Turn the chicken skin side up and sprinkle the olives over it. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Add the lemon and continue to cook for 15 more minutes or until the chicken is done. Just before serving, sprinkle with the remaining parsley and cilantro.

YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED RECIPES

Reviews

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

Close

Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Facebook
Google
Twitter
OR
Sign In using Email and Password