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Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons

Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons

There are a number of wonderful recipes for chicken with preserved lemons, most of them delicious Moroccan tagines. This recipe uses those aromatic flavors, but is a simpler, easier to prepare version.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Maroccan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 133kcal
Author Wendy


  • 1 whole Chicken cut into pieces and skinned
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black pepper freshly ground
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 thread Saffron
  • 2 medium Onions thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 3 medium Preserved lemons
  • 10 pitted Olives calamata or other similar
  • 2 cups Vegetable broth ½ liter
  • 1 small bunch Parsley minced
  • 1 One lemon sliced, for garnish


  • Remove all the pulp from the preserved lemons and discard.
    Preserved Lemons In Jars are great for making chicken tagine
  • Slice the lemons into thin strips and set aside.
    Sliced preserved lemons
  • Gently sauté the ginger, cumin, garlic, saffron and onion together in the olive oil over a low flame for about fifteen minutes until tender and slightly browned.
    Spices for chicken with preserved lemons
  • Toss the chicken pieces in this aromatic base and sauté on all sides until just browned.
  • Top with the olives, preserved lemons, salt, pepper and cinnamon stick.
  • Pour the broth over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook over a low flame until the chicken is cooked through and starting to separate from the bones (about 30 to 45 minutes).
    Chicken tagine with preserved lemons, a wonderful Maroccan dish!
  • If the broth evaporates during cooking add a small amount of water to the pan.
  • While the chicken is cooking mince the parsley and slice the lemon for garnish.
  • Serve the chicken directly from the tagine; first top with minced parsley and sliced lemons.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 343mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg