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Moroccan Chicken

This recipe for Moroccan Chicken is a tasty, aromatic dish with many levels of flavor. Serve it with couscous for a filling, luxurious meal.
Course Main
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword Chicken, comfort food, dinner
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 600kcal
Author Erren


  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and finely sliced (or chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion Chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • The zest of one lemon
  • The Juice of one lemon take the remnants of the lemon cut into quarters and set aside
  • 8 boneless chicken thighs cubed
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • Stems from a bunch of parsley and cilantro chopped tie the leaves of both cooking twine.
  • 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon saffron strands or powdered saffron
  • 1 can of pitted black olives
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, mix the garlic, Lemon zest, lemon juice, the lemon that's been juiced, cumin, ginger, paprika, salt and pepper, and the oil. Add the chicken. Mix everything together, cover and set aside to marinate for anywhere from 20 minutes to 8 hours (the longer the better).
  • Warm the stock, add the saffron and set aside to infuse.
  • Place the chicken and marinade (even the lemon pieces) in a large pan with some oil or cooking cray and brown the meat.
  • Add the onion and saute until slightly soft.
  • Sprinkle with the flour and coat.
  • Cover with the stock.
  • Add the stems of the parsley & cilantro, turmeric, and some salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, turn down to a simmer and cook, covered, for 45 minutes (stirring occasionally).
  • Discard lemon pieces & herb bunches.
  • Serve over Couscous.


Calories: 600kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 1939mg | Potassium: 576mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg