Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Moroccan Chicken

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2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 ts. ground powdered turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 (3-4 lbs.) chicken, cut into 8 pieces (or 3-4 lbs. of chicken thighs and legs)
2 tbsp. olive oil
Sea salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
Peel from 1 preserved lemon, rinsed in cold water, pulp discarded, peel cut into thin strips
1 cup green olives, pitted
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  1. Combine spices and ground pepper in a large bowl. Once spices are combined, add chicken and evenly coat with spice mixture. Let the chicken stand for at least one hour in the spices.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. When the oil is heated, add chicken pieces and sprinkle lightly with salt. (do not add to much salt because the olives and lemons have enough salt in them). Let chicken sit for 5 minutes. (If you are using a clay tagine, skip the browning step; heat only on medium heat and use a heat diffuser on the heating element to prevent the tagine from cracking.)
  3. After 5 minutes, lower the heat to medium-low, add the onions ad garlic, cover skillet and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn chicken pieces over and add the lemon slices, olives, raisins and 1/2 cup water. Bring to simmer on medium-high heat. Once food begins to simmer, turn the heat down to medium-low, cover and cook for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked and quite tender.
  5. Mix in parsley and cilantro just before serving. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  6. Taste great over couscous, rice or a rice pilaf
Serves 4-6


  1. I can't wait to try this. Never have had it before, but it sure looks and sounds great and not too difficult to make. Thanks for the reciepe!

  2. I have never had anything like this and I am going to try it. I have to buy tumeric as I do not have any but everything else I think I have in my pantry/freezer. Thank you!

  3. This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  4. The sweet/savory combo in this dish looks wonderful! Just need to preserve some lemons...

    1. It is a delicious combination of flavors. Each ingredient in there gives a unique taste. The one thing I love about this dish is the variety of flavor =)

  5. Looks delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  6. I have never tried Morrocan anything. It looks interesting and one I might try.

  7. Looks so delicious! Thank you for the recipe

  8. This looks so yummy. I have never seen a recipe like this for chicken. I will have to try it out on my family. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Looks and sounds very good! Always wanting to try new recipes, thanks for sharing!

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    1. The green olives add a nice kick to the dish! It's one of my favorite chicken dishes!

  11. I will be trying this, it looks delicious!

  12. This looks yummy! I am a sucker for anything with rice, so this is right up my alley.

  13. The chicken looks delicious! thank you for sharing!

  14. I"d love to try this, the cilantro, preserved lemon, tumeric, flavors I don't use but would like to use them - this is the perfect recipe to start a new flavor adventure!