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Moroccan chicken with olives and preserved lemons

Updated: Apr 23, 2021

A super simple recipe but it needs some specialized ingredients. Preserved lemons are available at some higher end grocery stores, or any Mediterranean/Middle Eastern store or on-line at Amazon. I like the better made preserved lemons, ones that are sun-dried and come is a syrupy juice. Most of the commercial ones are chemically processed, that are acceptable, but not as good.

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4-5 pieces chickens, your choice of thigh, legs or breast. 3 large onions, sliced 1 tablespoon ginger paste 1 tablespoon ground coriander I teaspoon white (or black) pepper 1 pinch saffron 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1 1/2 preserved lemons, seeds removed and minced 10 green olives Chicken stock or water Parsley and cilantro Oil Salt to taste Add 1 tablespoon oil to a pan and fry chicken till browned all over. Set aside. You may skip this step and just add the chicken to the dish when appropriate too.  Add 2 tablespoons oil to a pot, fry onions till a deep golden brown. Add the ginger paste and sauté for 1 minute till cooked. Add dry spices and mix till the beautiful aroma of the spices fills the kitchen. Add the chicken, olives, lemon and water to cover the chicken. Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes with the pot open. The final sauce should be thick and cling heavily to the chicken. Top with diced fresh herbs. Serve with couscous, rice, naan bread, or pita. This dish is just delicious.

Note: You can make a vegan or vegetarian version by substituting tofu or paneer for chicken.

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