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Chicken-Lemon-Olive-Tagine Part # 1

Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Olives Recipe - Want to try making a delicious dish then do not forget to catch the Chicken-Lemon-Olive-Tagine Part # 2 next.
  Paprika powder 2 Teaspoon
  Ground cumin 1 Teaspoon
  Ground ginger 1 Teaspoon
  Tumeric 1 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Chicken thighs and legs 4 Pound (cut into 8 pieces)
  Salt To Taste
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), mince
  Onion 1 Medium, chop
  Preserved lemon 1 Small (rinsed in cold water, pulp discarded, peel cut into thin strips)
  Green olives 1 Cup (16 tbs), pitted
  Chick peas 1 Cup (16 tbs) (spiced)
  Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Raisins 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Fresh cilantro 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), finely chopped
  Flat-leaf parsley 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), finely chopped

1. Combine paprika, ground cumin, ground ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, ground pepper in the tagine bowl.
2. Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic keep it separately.
3. Season the chicken pieces with the spices in the tagine bowl, coat well with the spice mixture. Let the chicken stand for one hour in the spices.

4. Place a heavy bottomed skillet on the stove and put the tagine pot on it, pour olive oil in the tagine pot and let the chicken sear for 5 minutes on medium high heat, skin side down.
5. Lower the heat to medium-low, add the garlic and onions. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes.
6. Rinsed the preserved lemon in cold water, discarded the pulp, peel cut into thin strips.
7. After 15 minutes turn over the chicken pieces, add the lemon slices, olives, raisins, and 1/2 cup water.
8. Simmer on medium heat and reduce the heat and cook for additional 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and quite tender.
9. Adjust the salt as per your taste and towards the end add the chick peas.
10. After 30 minutes turn off the heat and let it rest for some time.
11. Add the fresh parsley and cilantro before serving.

12. Serve the chicken tagine with couscous or pilaf rice.

If you are using a clay tagine, you will skip the browning step for the onions and garlic, heat only to medium heat and use a heat diffuser on the heating element to prevent the tagine from cracking.

Go easy on the salt, the olives and lemons are salty enough.

Things You Will Need
cast iron skillet

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Chicken Thigh
High Fiber, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
90 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
150 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 589 Calories from Fat 181

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g31.7%

Saturated Fat 4.8 g23.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 226.7 mg75.6%

Sodium 479 mg20%

Total Carbohydrates 34 g11.2%

Dietary Fiber 7.8 g31.3%

Sugars 11.2 g

Protein 60 g120.4%

Vitamin A 15.9% Vitamin C 10.5%

Calcium 7.3% Iron 16.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Chicken-Lemon-Olive-Tagine Part # 1 Recipe Video