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- Ready In:
- 2 lemons
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 small onion
- 150 ml olive oil, plus
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, for frying
- 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped, plus sprigs to garnish
- 1 tablespoon mint, chopped
- 1 tablespoon coriander, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika, plus
- extra paprika, to garnish
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 chicken legs
- 15 g unsalted butter
- 12 stuffed green olives
- 200 g tahini
- Squeeze the juice from 1 lemon, peel and crush the garlic, peel and grate the onion; and mix the chopped herbs - parsley, mint and coriander - together so that they are well combined.
- Mix the oil (150ml = a generous 1/2 cup), lemon juice, garlic, onion and two tablespoons of the herbs together; stir in the paprika and cumin; place the chicken in a shallow dish, pour the oil mixture over the chicken and turn, to coat, and marinate for 30 minutes.
- Heat the remaining oil with the unsalted butter in a non-stick pan.
- Remove the oil from the marinade and reserve half of the marinade.
- Sauté the chicken for 40-50 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown and cooked right through.
- Cut the remaining lemon into wedges, halve the olives, and add both to the pan with the reserved marinade, and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the lemon wedges start to change colour.
- Mix the tahini and the remaining herbs.
- Divide the chicken between 4 warm plates, and serve with the tahini/herb mixture garnished with parsley and paprika.
- Variation: If you cannot find tahini, use hummus mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or lemon juice.
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This chicken has great flavor, even without the tahini, but the tahini really makes it. We really only needed a spoonful per person, so maybe a quarter of what is called for in the recipe. I used 2 chicken breasts and baked them, so only added a half tablespoon of the oil to the marinade (skipped the butter), which worked out well. I added the turmeric in step 2, since it seemed like that was likely where it belonged. Great dish!
This was an easy dish to make, and smelled great while it was cooking. I did use boneless skinless breasts pounded thin instead of the chicken (got home late, and needed it to cook faster than an hour). I was also out of turmeric, which I thought I had. I enjoyed the zing the olives and lemon wedges gave to the chicken, and would definitely not ever omit those ingredients. Also, my tahini appeared to have gone bad ( I sure was having a bad dinner day), so I didn't use that either. I served this with Moroccan Couscous #24328, and the sweet couscous balanced nicely with the tangy chicken.