Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Olives and Salted Lemons

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Olives and Salted Lemons is a delicious and flavorful dish that is perfect for a special dinner or a family gathering. Here’s a recipe for you to try:

Prep:15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 lbs chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup green olives, pitted
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted
  • 2 salted lemons, cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a large tagine or a heavy-bottomed pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and brown on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the spices (ginger, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, and saffron) and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Add the chicken back to the pot and stir to coat with the spices.
  6. Add the water and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
  7. Add the olives and salted lemons to the pot and stir gently.
  8. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes until the olives and lemons are heated through.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve the chicken tagine hot, garnished with chopped parsley and cilantro.


If you can’t find salted lemons, you can make your own by quartering lemons and packing them in salt in a jar for a few weeks.

About Mohamed .B

Always fascinated by the skill and creativity of the hands that make the Moroccan product, I devote myself to the work of art. I try to convey on all continents my knowledge, my full knowledge of the Berbers.

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