My mother and father in-law are such foodies. Whenever the hubby and I visit them, there is no shortage of feasting on some drool worthy dish they whip up. One of the meals that I’ve been blessed to try was this Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons. They served it with a side of steamed couscous and variety of Moroccan dips and salads. Ever since then I have been hypnotized by the flavor of this chicken, so I decided to quit my day dreaming and give this Moroccan recipe a try.
I also served the chicken with steamed couscous and spiced carrots with feta and mint. For dessert we had some Moroccan style orange slices. Cooking the chicken in a tagine makes the chicken so tender and full of flavor. If you don’t have a tagine you can also bake the chicken in a casserole or heavy pot.
Why not turn it into a romantic dinner for two? Throw on some music like Al Andulus Ensemble or Capella de Ministrers, set you table for two, light some candles and just like that you are magically transported to Morocco for one hot night in Marrakesh.
Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons
Cook time: 35 mins
1 lb chicken thighs
1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
1/2 preserved lemon
10 purple/ green olives
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon clarified butter
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
A pinch of saffron threads
For the Moroccan style orange slices.
Peel and slice an orange crosswise. Sprinkle lightly with 1 teaspoon orange blossom water, cinnamon and powdered sugar. Chill before you serve.
Comment below if you’ve ever made Moroccan food and let me know some of your favorite dishes. I just love cooking with a tagine and I’m looking for other recipes to try. Share if you’ve got any.