Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken

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Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken

Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken

Having read about the robust flavors of Moroccan food, I fell in love with it. This Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken is cooked with preserved lemon. It is usually slow-cooked in a tagine. Tagine is traditional cookware made of clay or ceramic. The word tagine also alludes to the succulent, stew-like recipe cooked in it. This reminded me of my mom and her slow cooking on the angeethi and that’s why I tried it out This Yummilicious Moroccan Lemon Chicken gets a punch of bright flavor from the tangy preserved lemons. I didn’t have preserved so I used these local green tangy lemons instead. While cooking, there matures a rich, spiced sauce, which is yummy. It is soaked up with flatbread.

After the irresistible Shakshuka flavor combinations, this is one cuisine which I want to explore. Traditional Moroccan cooking is a blend of the cuisines of its European and Mediterranean neighbours, but old-fashioned African, Middle Eastern and even South American flavors appear in many Moroccan dishes. The Moroccan spice, ras el hanout includes a medley of ground spices, like cumin, cinnamon, ginger, peppers, saffron and turmeric.

Check out my Fish Shakshuka and unique Chukkakura Shakshuka

Recipe for Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken

The gravy in this recipe is full of aromatic spices but laced at the end with chopped lemon, which adds a tangy flavour and adds a punch to the richness.

INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp oil

 750 gms chicken pieces

salt and freshly ground pepper

2 onions, peeled and sliced

1 tsp  ground ginger

5 cloves garlic, crushed

½ tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 cardamom

1 inch cinnamon stick

½ tsp turmeric

Few saffron threads

1 ½ cups) chicken stock

2 lemons quartered (use preserved lemons for authentic taste)

Fresh cilantro, chopped

METHOD

Browning the chicken
Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken

Firstly, heat a deep heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat.

Next, add the oil and let it heat.

Browned chicken

Now, drop the chicken pieces into the hot oil and brown on all sides. Once browned, remove the chicken to a plate.

Meanwhile, boil a couple of chicken pieces in 2 cups of water. Add cardamom and cinnamon for flavorful stock.

Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken

Eventually, reduce the heat to medium and add the onions in the same pan.

Sauté until they are soft and golden. Add the garlic and ginger. Cook for another minute or so, until fragrant.

Add the spices and sauté with the onions and garlic until fragrant.

Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken
Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken

Pour in the stock, scraping all of the flavourful browned bits left on the bottom of the pot. Return the chicken to the pot and turn up the heat.

Once the gravy thickens a bit, add the chopped lemons. Cover and place a heavy weight on the lid and let it simmer for 30 minutes.

Uncover the chicken which is now extremely tender.  Transfer to a serving tray

Garnish with the chopped cilantro and serve this Yummilicious Moroccan Lemon Chicken with flatbread, naan or paratha.

Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken
Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken
Yummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken
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Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Firstly, heat a deep heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Next, add the oil and let it heat.
  3. Now, drop the chicken pieces into the hot oil and brown on all sides. Once browned, remove the chicken to a plate.
  4. Meanwhile, boil a couple of chicken pieces in 2 cups of water. Add cardamom and cinnamon for flavorful stock.
  5. Eventually, reduce the heat to medium and add the onions in the same pan.
  6. Sauté until they are soft and golden. Add the garlic and ginger. Cook for another minute or so, until fragrant.
  7. Add the spices and sauté with the onions and garlic until fragrant.
  8. Pour in the stock, scraping all of the flavourful browned bits left on the bottom of the pot. Return the chicken to the pot and turn up the heat.
  9. Once the gravy thickens a bit, add the chopped lemons. Cover and place a heavyweight on the lid and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
  10. Uncover the chicken which is now extremely tender. Transfer to a serving tray
  11. Garnish with the chopped cilantro and serve this Yummilicious Moroccan Lemon Chicken with flatbread, naan or paratha.
Recipe Notes

1. Use preserved lemons for authentic Moroccan taste

2.Cook on slow fire as long as the chicken is very tender

3.Adjust spices according to tasteYummy Moroccan Lemon Chicken

 

 

 

Harjeet Kaur

Harjeet Kaur

My writing was limited to school essays and projects for my kids and out of the blue, my writing career began with writing articles for the magazine section of a reputed national newspaper. I rediscovered my best subject at school and began writing with gusto. I had a weekend column in the newspaper which was well appreciated. I started off writing about Interiors and Gardens and later diverse topics like Fashion, trends, food and events in the city. Juggling my time between various jobs down the years and my writing, I have written content for fliers, brochures for colleges, speeches, social media content and also website content. I love writing and I am open to writing on a plethora of topics. My blog has some interesting insights into my life and travels but now it is mainly a food blog as I am growing organic vegetables and cooking my own produce is very therapeutic. Read my blogs to know me better. I write from my heart and what I write is what I feel... I feel a feel, A funny feel A funny feel, feel I! If you feel the feel I feel You'll feel the same as I!!

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Comments 18

  1. Jyoti Jha says:

    Wow, this looks superbly delicious! The pictures are just mouthwatering. Lovely dish. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. Sonia Dogra says:

    Hello! I wasn’t able to visit you very often but whenever I did I was quite impressed with the layout of your blog, the innovative and unique recipes you shared and the videos as well as little tips. Congratulations on a great run!

  3. This looks yum Harjeet. I love all your recipes and trust me this one of the best ones for me.Thank you.
    Happy A2Zing 🙂
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  4. Noor Anand Chawla says:

    I love Moroccan cuisine Harjeet. Would love to try this chicken recipe at home!

  5. Kudos to your explore and experiments Harjeet every time it comes out so perfectly that images are enough to crave chicken lovers.

  6. Arushi Seth says:

    I am drooling over the pictures. It looks nice, easy and yummy. Thank you for sharing such amazing recipes in this series. I can see how much pains you take to click pics and the video. Hats off to you

  7. PraGun says:

    Yum yum, lemon chicken in so tangy I can actually feel it now.
    Yet another super picture, mouthwatering recipe.

  8. Again a great recipe with awesome photos and great video. this seems like a unique way to making chicken, I am sure all non vegetarians will love it.

  9. This looks Amazing. I love Moroccan food. Congratulations on finishing A to Z!

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