Moroccan chicken tagine


Chicken breast and thigh fillet in aromatic sauce

Moroccan cuisine is renowned for its exquisite spice blends, and Lemon Chicken Tagine is no exception. The dish incorporates a medley of spices, including turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon, adding layers of complexity and depth to the flavors. The careful balance of these spices creates a harmonious symphony that elevates the taste profile of the dish.

The tagine pot, a traditional clay cooking vessel, plays a vital role in preserving the flavors and textures of the dish. With its unique shape and conical lid, it ensures an even distribution of heat, resulting in tender and flavorful chicken. Additionally, this versatile pot extends beyond Lemon Chicken Tagine, allowing for the preparation of a wide range of Moroccan dishes. From vegetable tagines to various lamb or beef variations, it serves as a versatile tool in Moroccan cuisine.

Serving suggestion:

  • With couscous
  • With mashed potatoes, rice, or plain cooked potatoes
  • With some warm homemade bread

For the Moroccan Chicken tagine with lemon and olives, you can use the whole chicken, thigh fillets or drumsticks instead of small pieces.

If you prefer using larger chicken pieces, you can marinate them as instructed and extend the frying time if you decide to keep the skin on. In this recipe, I used chicken breast and thigh fillets, diced into small chunks. However, I also prepared it with large chicken pieces, including the skin, for a variation in texture and flavor. Explore different options for your preferred chicken cuts and enjoy the delightful outcome.

Here is chicken lemon tagine with large chicken thigh, skin-on, for an extra flavorful twist. I personally love crispy skin 🙂 How about you?

Moroccan chicken lemon tagine

Experience the vibrant flavors of Moroccan cuisine with this aromatic chicken tagine. Tender chicken is infused with tangy preserved lemons, fragrant spices, and slow-cooked in a traditional clay pot. Enjoy the rich flavors and cultural heritage of Morocco in every bite.
Servings 3
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes


For marinade

  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 Tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4-5 black olives
  • 1 Tsp ginger paste
  • 2 Tsp cinnamon
  • 100 ml olive oil

For the sauce

  • 400 g chicken breast - or chicken thigh fillet
  • some olive oil
  • 1 chicken stock cube or powder - or homemade stock
  • 1 onion
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 6-7 green olives
  • 1 pickled lemon - or fresh lemon zest + juice
  • 2 Tsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp coriander
  • salt - pepper


  • To prepare the marinade, combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until a smooth paste forms. Adjust the consistency by adding extra oil if needed.
  • Cut the chicken into small pieces and thoroughly coat them with the marinade. Allow the chicken to marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours, ensuring the flavors penetrate the meat.
  • In a large pan, heat oil and sauté the chopped onion for approximately 4 minutes. Add turmeric, cumin, and the marinated chicken along with its marinade. Stir fry for a couple more minutes, ensuring the chicken is evenly cooked.
    Raw chicken pieces and onions in a pot for making delicious chicken tagine recipe.
  • Next, pour in chicken stock (~300ml), and add olives (halved or sliced) and pickled lemon (cut into small pieces) or lemon zest (saving the lemon juice for later). Cook over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add fresh parsley, coriander, honey, and the reserved lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper according to personal preference.
    Chicken pieces, onions, and aromatic spices in a pot for creating a flavoursome chicken tagine.
  • Serve this flavorful Moroccan chicken dish with couscous or rice, and garnish with additional herbs if desired. Enjoy a taste of the exotic flavors and vibrant spices of Morocco in this delicious and comforting meal.
    Close-up view of lemon chicken tagine with aromatic spices and vibrant colors.


The calorie counts provided are approximate, per person and may vary depending on the specific brands and variations of ingredients used. Please keep in mind that these are estimates and should be used as a general guideline. Individual serving sizes and variations in preparation methods may affect the actual calorie content of the dish.
Calories: 590kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Moroccan

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