Chicken Tajine with Olives and Preserved Lemons

Recipe by evelynathens
READY IN: 1hr 50mins




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