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Lemon-infused Moroccan Delight: Chicken Tagine with Preserved Citrus

Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons

About the Dish:

Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons is a traditional Moroccan dish that combines tender chicken thighs with the vibrant flavors of preserved lemons, aromatic spices, and tender vegetables. The dish is slow-cooked in a tagine, a traditional clay pot with a conical lid, which helps to infuse the flavors and keep the chicken moist and tender.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 120mg
Sodium 800mg
Total Carbohydrates 10g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 4g
Protein 25g


Ingredient Quantity
Chicken thighs 4
Preserved lemons 2
Onion 1
Garlic cloves 4
Ginger 1 tablespoon
Ground cumin 1 teaspoon
Ground coriander 1 teaspoon
Cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon stick 1
Chicken broth 1 cup
Olives 1/2 cup
Parsley 1/4 cup

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Step 2: In a large tagine or oven-safe pot, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and brown them on both sides, then remove and set aside.
  • Step 3: In the same pot, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Cook until the onion is translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  • Step 4: Add the ground cumin, ground coriander, and cayenne pepper to the pot, stirring to coat the onion mixture with the spices.
  • Step 5: Return the chicken thighs to the pot, along with the preserved lemons and cinnamon stick. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  • Step 6: Cover the pot with the lid and transfer it to the preheated oven. Let it cook for 1 hour, or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  • Step 7: Remove the pot from the oven and stir in the olives and fresh parsley. Serve the Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons hot with couscous or crusty bread.

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