Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Preserved Lemons and Olives

Moroccan Chicken Tajine
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Indulge in the exotic flavors of North Africa with our Moroccan Chicken Tajine recipe. This dish showcases tender chicken, tangy preserved lemons, and briny olives, all simmered together in a fragrant blend of spices. Each bite is a harmonious fusion of flavors that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Morocco. The succulent chicken, paired with the distinctive tanginess of preserved lemons and the delightful burst of olives, creates a culinary experience that is truly captivating. Immerse yourself in the warm and aromatic spices, and let this Moroccan Chicken Tajine become the centerpiece of your next flavor-filled meal.

Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Preserved Lemons and Olives

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Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 90 min Total Time 1 hr 40 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Best Season: Suitable throughout the year



  1. In a large tajine or a deep, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs, skin side down, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and set aside.

  2. In the same pan, add the sliced onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the ground cumin, coriander, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon to the pan. Stir well to coat the onions and garlic with the spices.

  4. Return the chicken thighs to the pan, along with any accumulated juices. Add the preserved lemon slices and green olives.

  5. Pour the chicken broth into the pan, ensuring that the liquid covers about three-quarters of the chicken. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

  6. Cover the tajine or skillet and simmer over low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the chicken is tender and fully cooked.

  7. Serve the Moroccan Chicken Tajine hot, garnished with fresh cilantro. It pairs well with couscous or crusty bread.

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