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    Chicken Tajine with Olives and Preserved Lemons

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    1 hr 50 mins

    25 mins

    1 hr 25 mins

    evelyn/athens's Note:

    Moroccan cuisine is superb. This is a wonderful dish that is sure to convert you if you've never tried it.

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    1. 1
      Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
    2. 2
      Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and add them to the pan along with the onions, ginger, cinnamon and saffron.
    3. 3
      Cook over high heat, turning the chicken occasionally, until browned all over, about 10 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add the tomatoes, garlic, parsley, cilantro and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
    5. 5
      Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is tender, about 1 hour.
    6. 6
      Meanwhile, rinse the preserved lemons under running water; pat dry.
    7. 7
      Cut the lemons into quarters.
    8. 8
      Discard the pulp from one of the lemons and finely chop the peel.
    9. 9
      Reserve the quarters for garnish.
    10. 10
      Transfer the chicken to a large plate.
    11. 11
      Strain the cooking liquid and return it to the casserole.
    12. 12
      Boil over high heat until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
    13. 13
      Add the chopped preserved lemons and the olives and simmer over moderate heat for 2 minutes.
    14. 14
      Add the chicken pieces and simmer until heated through.
    15. 15
      Arrange the chicken pieces on a serving dish.
    16. 16
      Pour the sauce on top and garnish with the lemon quarters.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 26, 2013


      This is delicious! Made as directed using Moroccan Spiced Preserved Lemons for the preserved lemons. Thanks, evelyn/athens! Made for ZWT9, team Gourmet Goddesses.

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    • on May 15, 2009

      Amazing flavor! Absolutely worth the time and preparation. Some points are a little unclear though. I chose to use thigh fillets and served it on a bed of Cous Cous. Fantastic!!

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    • on March 29, 2008


      This tajine is delicious. I followed the recipe exactly except that I did not include the preserved lemons ( as I didn't have any) instead I just used some fresh lemon zest. A really great way to serve chicken. Thank you for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken Tajine with Olives and Preserved Lemons

    Serving Size: 1 (436 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1124.5
    Calories from Fat 734
    Total Fat 81.5 g
    Saturated Fat 21.3 g
    Cholesterol 340.1 mg
    Sodium 800.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 8.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
    Sugars 2.2 g
    Protein 85.8 g

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    preserved lemons

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