Tajine Style Moroccan Chicken

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Tajine is a clay pot that is used in North African cooking.  If you have a long clay pot make sure you use a heat diffuser so it doesn’t crack on the stove top.  If you don’t have a Tajine, don’t worry a nice big skillet with a lid will work just fine. You will need about  8-10 Chicken Thighs with skin. Please use bone in chicken thighs or even a whole chicken instead of boneless, skinless chicken breasts because you need the extra flavor of bone in chicken.  Wash and pat the chicken pieces dry.  Rub each piece with the spice marinade and put in a ziplock bag overnight in the refrigerator.

Marinade  for chicken (preferably overnight):

1 ½ tsp Cumin

1 ½ tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Cinnamon

2 tsp Paprika

4 chopped garlic cloves

Pulp from preserved lemon (recipe included)

1 tsp kosher salt

The next day, heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large heavy bottom skillet and place the chicken skin side down.  Sear both sides of the chicken for about 5 minutes each to get a nice brown color.  You’re not cooking it all the way through just locking in flavor and color.

Set the chicken aside.  In the same pan add the following:

1 Spanish Onion, chopped

1 Preserved Lemon – rinse well and chop the lemon skin into small pieces

1 Red bell pepper chopped

Saute a few minutes and then add the following:

1 cup golden raisins

½ cup Kalamata and Moroccan Olives (use a combo)

Fresh garlic  about 5 cloves chopped

1 tsp grated ginger

½ cup each chopped Cilantro and flat leaf Parsley

Sauté a few more minutes and add chicken back into pan.  Cover and simmer about 10 minutes.  Add 1 cup water and cook an additional 20-25 minutes, covered.  Taste for salt and adjust.  Because preserved lemons and olives are salty be careful with how much additional salt you add. Serve with couscous.

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    • Thanks Karen, I hope you will try it. I just made it yesterday and it was amazing. If you don’t have preserved lemons on hand, you can compensate by using lemon zest in the marinade and the juice of half a lemon when making the sauce and it turns out fairly close.

      • I’ve made preserved lemons before and need to do it again. They add so much flavor to many dishes and I know that they are perfect in this dish.

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