Chicken, Olive and Lemon Tangine

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

This is another find from the Weekly Times, a paper I love, and also another wonderful recipe from Jeremy Vincent. I am noting some of Jeremy's suggestions and Tips as written-- If you haven't got a tagine, a saucepan or lidded casserole will suffice. The recipe method below utilises a saucepan or casserole for the cooking. If you are using a tagine, prepare the chicken to the browned stage in the saucepan, remove it from the saucepan and cook the onion and spice as below. Instead of returning the ingredients back to the saucepan with the stock, arrange (optional) sliced potato on the base of your tagine, then the chicken around the centre on top of the potato slices. Pour the onion and spiced stock over the chicken, scatter with the olives and dot with the butter and pieces of lemon before topping with the tagine lid and baking. Save the coriander and parsley for scattering on top when the dish is cooked. TIPS WITH A TAGINE The tagine doubles as both a cooking vessel and serving dish which holds the food warm. Since you won't be stirring during the cooking, take care how you arrange or layer ingredients for a beautiful table presentation. Oil is essential to tagine cooking; don't be overly cautious in using it or you'll end up with watery sauce or possibly scorched ingredients. In most recipes for 4 to 6 people, you'll need between a 1/4 to a 1/3 cup of oil (sometimes part butter), which will mix with cooking liquids to make ample sauce for scooping up with bread. Choose olive oil for the best flavour. Try not to interrupt the cooking by frequently lifting the lid to check on the food; that's best left for adding ingredients or to check on the level of liquids toward the end of cooking.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. See notes in Recipe Description above.
  2. Heat the oven to 180°C Heat the oil in a large lidded casserole or saucepan oven over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper; add to the saucepan and cook, turning, until browned, 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Add the onions to the saucepan; cook until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the spices; cook for 2 minutes. Return the chicken to the saucepan with the stock and bring the liquid to a boil. Transfer the saucepan or casserole to the oven, and bake the chicken, covered, until tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Stir in the olives, butter, parsley, coriander and lemons into the saucepan, and cook for 6 minutes. Serve with rice or flatbread.


Most Helpful

Delicious! Made as directed. The chicken came out so succulent and tender and just fell off the bone. I added the optional potatoes which gave this a very comfort-food quality. For the preserved lemons I used recipe #295914 and served on a bed of recipe #427438. I just LOVE the intro to the recipe and may borrow from it heavily for the Tagine Challenge! Thanks, Tisme! Made for ZWT9, team Gourmet Goddesses.

mersaydees August 26, 2013

We liked this, but I found it a bit too salty. The lemon was sooo good in it though! The combination of the lemon and olives was great, but I am very sensitive to salt, so that is why I gave it four. Made for ZWT9

pammyowl August 19, 2013

This was a good tagine, but I was not overwhelmed. The rest of the family loved it, in spite of my reservations in serving it because they are not all that adventurous in their food choices. So for that reason I will rate it a five. Served this with Recipe#170334, but in the future will serve with something more mellow, like white rice - as I thought it was too much lemon. Oh, and used yummy homemade Recipe#438353. Thanks for posting! Made for ZWT9 - team Gourmet Goddesses.

Jostlori September 03, 2013

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