Chicken Tagine With Olives & Preserved Lemons

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 5m
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"Tagine is a Moroccan stew, and its named after the terra-cotta pot it's traditionally cooked in, whose exotic-looking conical lid promotes convection and even cooking. There are many versions of Tagine, but maybe the most classic is braised chicken, green olives, and lemons in a sauce fragrant with ginger and coriander. This particular recipe is from Saveur, and its easy and delicious! My terra-cotta tagine cracked while moving halfway around the world, so now am just biding my time for DH to gift me a cast-iron/enamel beauty from Berghoff. Meantime, I use my Le Creuset dutch oven and it works wonderfully! This recipe is adapted for use with a dutch oven."

Original recipe yields 6 servings
  • These are NOT the "pickled" ones in brine or with pimentos. Try Trader Joe's.


  • Serving Size: 1 (516.6 g)
  • Calories 923.5
  • Total Fat - 68 g
  • Saturated Fat - 18.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 374.7 mg
  • Sodium - 291.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 14.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4 g
  • Sugars - 4.1 g
  • Protein - 63.9 g
  • Calcium - 108.8 mg
  • Iron - 4.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 43.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Heat oil in an 8–qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper; add to pot and cook, turning, until browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.

Step 2

Drain all but 2 tablespoons of oil from pan. Add onions, stirring to coat; cook until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 3

Add spices; cook for 2 minutes.

Step 4

Return chicken to pot and add the stock; bring to a boil.

Step 5

Simmer, covered, until tender, about 30 minutes. I like to skim off as much fat as possible once the chicken is cooked through.

Step 6

Stir in olives, butter, parsley, cilantro, and lemons into pot, and cook for 6 more minutes.

Step 7

Serve with couscous or rice, and some flatbread.

OPTIONAL: Sometimes I sprinkle toasted pine nuts over the stew. If plating, sprinkle immediately before serving. If serving Tagine family-style, place pine nuts in a small bowl at the table.

Tips & Variations

  • Tagine or a cast iron/enameled dutch oven