Recipe: Morrocan Chicken Tagine

Some of our Lingo Tours travelers enjoyed a private cooking class at the famous cooking school La Maison Arabe in Marrakech and made this mouth-watering chicken tagine recipe.

Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon and Olives from La Maison Arabe

  • List of ingredients
  • – 3 – 4 Pieces of Chicken legs or thighs
    – 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
    – 1/2 Red Onion – Finely Diced
    – 2 Cloves Garlic – Finely Diced
    – 1/2 Teaspoon Ginger Powder
    – 1 Teaspoon Turmeric
    – 1 Teaspoon Cumin
    – 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
    – Pinch Saffron, optional
    – 1/2 Preserved Lemon
    – 2 Cups Chicken Stock
    – 1 Teaspoon Butter or Ghee
    – 10 Green Olives
    – 1 Tablespoon Cilantro – Chopped
    – 1 Tablespoon Parsley – Chopped
    – 2 Cups Cold Water – Divided

  • Directions
    1. Cut the preserved lemon in half and separate the flesh from the peel. Set the peel aside and finely chop the preserved lemon pulp.

    2. Place the chopped lemon pulp in a casserole. Add the olive oil, butter, garlic, parsley, cilantro, all of the spices, and a cup of cold water. Mix well.

    3. Add the chicken pieces to the tagine and pierce them with a sharp knife so that they absorb all of the spices. Mix all of the ingredients until the chicken pieces are well coated with the marinade.

    4. Add the finely chopped onion to the tagine. Mix well.

    5. On low heat, sear the chicken pieces for 15 minutes. The tagine lid should be on to keep the moisture in. Turn each piece of chicken over and add a bit more water if necessary.

    6. After 15 minutes, add 1 cup of cold water, Increase the heat to medium, cover the tagine, and bring the cooking juices to a boil. Cook covered for 30 minutes or until the chicken is done. Add water if necessary from time to time.

    7. Once chicken is done, taste sauce and adjust seasoning.

    8. Add the lemon peel and olives to the tagine. Continue cooking, uncovered for a few minutes, until the sauce slightly thickens.

    Enjoy your meal! Please share your photos of your tagine on Instagram and do not forget to tag Lingo Tours in it.