Lemon, Chicken & Green Olive Tagine

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

A traditional Moroccan tagine which I found in the October 2008 'Australian Good Food' magazine which assures you that this recipe will take you on a romantic escape to Marrakech "without aid of a flying carpet". This recipe is for two, but the quantity could easily be increased. Essentially the only change I made to this recipe was to suggest sneaking in some wine, which is what I'll certainly do when I make it. If you cannot find Turkish bread, use pita bread or any crusty bread suitable for mopping up the juices. This recipe can be prepared ahead.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil over a high heat in a heavy-based pan or tagine dish, and cook the chicken in batches for 2 minutes on each side until lightly browned; remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and saute the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes or until it has softened; add the turmeric and cumin and cook for another minute, until fragrant.
  3. Return the chicken to the pan with 21/2 cups of water (or a mix of water and white wine); bring to the boil, then simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.; remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm.
  4. Add the potato to the pan and simmer, covered, for 12-15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Meanwhile, place the olives in a small pan, cover with water and bring to the boil; drain off the water, then repeat this step.
  6. Return the chicken to the pan with the olives, preserved lemon, lemon juice and parsley and stir to combine well until all the ingredients are heated through.
  7. Serve with Turkish bread.
Most Helpful

Very good! I had never heard of preserved lemons and the first time I have ever made them. We liked all the flavors. I used boneless skinless chicken breast. Thanks for sharing. Made for newest zaar tag.

barefootmommawv February 05, 2009

This was excellent! I did use chicken breast (boneless) in this as I had ran out of thighs and forgot to pick them up. This is very substantial with the potatoes so I would advise that adding other starches to the menu (such as flat bread or couscous) be added with caution. A salad would go very nicely! I loved the lemony flavor of this and it really made the chicken and potato flavors shine. Thanks for sharing! ~Sue

Sue Lau January 27, 2009