Friday, July 31, 2009

Recipe:: Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons, Green Olives and Golden Raisins

The full menu from our Moroccan dinner was : A Harissa brushed Halibut, Gazpacho, Greens followed by the Chicken Tagine with preserved lemons and cracked olives a coriander feta polenta and a roasted beet and fresh mint salad. For dessert: a Fig and sesame Tart with orange cardamon cream.

Creating the Moroccan chicken in an authentic clay tagine from Morocco was divine. The earthy flavors from the clay along with the wonderful seasonings meld to create this comforting stew. If you don't own a tagine you this can be done in a heavy dutch oven and cooked stove top. Just bring the mixture to a boil then lower to a simmer and cover. Cook for 45 minutes or longer. Scroll down for the full recipe. Bon app├ętit.

All Photos by Karen Mordechai

Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons, Green Olives and Golden Raisins

1 whole chicken, quartered
1 tsp each, turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, dried cilantro
½ c olive oil
½ c lemon juice
8 slices preserved lemon
½ c green olives
½ c golden raisins
2 c chicken stock

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all of the dry spices together with the olive oil and lemon juice. Toss the chicken in the marinade and let sit refrigerated for at least an hour.
On medium-high heat, sear the chicken to create a nice golden crust, approximately 8-10 minutes. Make sure to turn the chicken so that all sides get the color.
Scatter lemons, olives and raisins over the tops. Pour in chicken stock and bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

Copyright © 2009 by Casey Solomon


  1. I made something like this about a month ago and it was oh so yummy.

    I have a new batch of preserved lemons brewing right 3

  2. This reminds me a bit of a lemony chicken with raisins recipe I found from Venice. Adding the briney olives will add another dimension. I can't wait. As alaways delectible.

  3. The little tagine dishes are adorable! I only have the large clay one I brought with me and I love that it is always a conversation/ice breaker when people come for dinner.
    The halibut post made me happy but this...this transports me back to many a good dinners with my family. Thank you!

  4. Oh geez.. I'm drooling on the keyboard.

  5. great blog!
    I'm loving the photography :)

  6. jessica- we laughed out loud :)
    pve- let us know how it works out !
    & tartlette - so happy to be bringing back fond memories, thank you for sharing.

    thanks for the wonderful comments to all !
    we love your feedback

  7. Hi

    Made last night (a Sunday supper) for family guests, and they raved and raved. Extra special b/c I hardly ever cook - little is expected of me (I am known for ordering in) and even my cousin "the foodie" was blown away. Was really easy and so tasty. Thanks much!

  8. I really love recipes with chicken! Great recipe.

  9. I'm going to try this at home. My family would love this.

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  10. The taste of the lemon and the chicken mixes into a very amazing flavour!