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Lemon and Olive Moroccan Chicken

February  4, 2011
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Author Notes

This is one of my all-time favorite dishes. It was adapted from an old Rachel-Ray Moroccan chicken dish I found in a magazine a few years ago. My recipe uses a different cooking technique, sprinkle of cilantro, lemon zest for extra flavor, ground cinnamon instead of a cinnamon stick and cubed chicken breasts instead of thighs as I am not a fan of working while I eat. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have over the years! —Table9

  • Serves 4-6
  • 1.5 Pounds Boneless Chicken Breasts,Cut into 1 1/2" cubes
  • 2 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Onion, Thinly Sliced
  • 3 Fresh Garlic Cloves, Crushed
  • 2-3 Meyer Lemons, 1 thinly sliced + 1 teaspoon lemon zest + 1 juiced
  • 1 cup Large Green Olives, Pitted
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Tumeric
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Coriander
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Chopped Cilantro (optional topper)
In This Recipe
  1. Mix all spices and lemon zest in a bowl, blot the chicken and toss in spice mixture. Coat each piece of chicken well. Set aside and let chicken sit for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet or dutch oven, heat olive oil and toss in chicken pieces. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Cook chicken until slightly brown, because the chicken will continue to cook through out the dish you do not want to over cook it here.
  3. Add onions, garlic and sliced lemon to chicken. Cook until onions are soft about 6-7 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and olives. Cook for another 5-8 minutes until reduced. Remove skillet from heat and squeeze in juice from the remaining lemon.
  4. Spoon over couscous, little drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

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4 Reviews

beachwalkerfun February 22, 2011
This was wonderful and I will make it time and time again.I didn't have any couscous on had, so I made a Moroccan rice which went very well with it. Thank you.
Author Comment
Table9 February 22, 2011
So glad you got to try it beachwalkerfun! That is awesome...the spices are just so delicious I cannot get enough of this dish. It really is one of my "go-to" chicken dishes. Wonderful to hear you liked it.
drbabs February 4, 2011
Author Comment
Table9 February 4, 2011
Thanks drbabs!