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This Moroccan Chicken Tagine is bursting with flavor! Infused with saffron and flavored with preserved lemons, it's guaranteed to become your favorite! | cookingtheglobe.com

Moroccan Chicken Tagine Recipe

Flavorful and fragrant, this Moroccan Chicken Tagine features preserved lemons, olives, saffron, and more!
Cuisine Moroccan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 506kcal
Author CookingTheGlobe


  • 6 chicken thighs
  • kosher salt , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 19 oz (540g) yellow onions , thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoons ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 oz (85g) preserved lemon (rind only)
  • 3 oz (85g) pitted green olives
  • 4 tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro


  • Generously salt the chicken thighs on all sides and let sit for about 1 hour at a room temperature.
  • In a tagine or a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and cook the chicken on both sides (3-4 minutes per side) until well browned. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  • Preheat an oven to 350°F (175°C). Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the fat remaining in the pot and heat it. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, over medium heat for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Add the coriander, white pepper, ginger, saffron, turmeric, and a pinch of salt to the onions and stir constantly for a few minutes. Return the chicken to the pot. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and cook in the oven for 40 minutes.
  • When done, remove the chicken thighs from the pot and return it to a burner. Simmer for about 6-8 minutes or even more if needed to reduce the sauce. Add the preserved lemons and olives. Heat them for a couple of minutes, then add the butter, parsley, and cilantro. Season with salt to taste.
  • Serve the chicken thighs with some sauce, lemons, and olives over them. Enjoy!


Adapted from Mourad: New Moroccan by Mourad Lahlou


Calories: 506kcal