Moroccan Chicken Tagine Skillet

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    The incredible flavors of Moroccan cuisine embody this Moroccan chicken tagine skillet. Its complex and bold flavors will have you going back for seconds!

    A friend of mine gave me this Moroccan chicken tagine skillet recipe and holy crap you guys.

    I was blown away with it. I am telling you, this Moroccan chicken tagine skillet needs to be on your dinner list like…tonight.

    I have always been fascinated with Moroccan cuisine.

    I think it is one of the most complex and delicious cuisines out there.

    I don’t always seek out Moroccan cuisine but I feel like living in the DC area, I have direct access to a lot of unique cuisines, Moroccan being one of them, and I need to get myself out there more to try them.

    I love Moroccan cuisine because of its complexity of flavors and how their dishes are always slowly cooked or braised to bring out flavor.

    The incredible flavors of Moroccan cuisine embody this Moroccan chicken tagine skillet. Its complex and bold flavors will have you going back for seconds!

    Why are you so obsessed with this Moroccan chicken tagine skillet recipe?

    The flavors are out of this world. Your tastebuds are going to be dancing!

    How do I make this Moroccan chicken tagine skillet?

    You’ll need the following ingredients:

    • Chicken thighs
    • Castelvetrano olives
    • Kalamata olives
    • Preserved olives
    • Mix of spices (turmeric, cumin, ginger, paprika, saffron)
    • Cinnamon
    • Garlic

    The incredible flavors of Moroccan cuisine embody this Moroccan chicken tagine skillet. Its complex and bold flavors will have you going back for seconds!

    What are the flavors of Moroccan cuisine?

    Moroccan cuisine most prominently uses cumin, ginger, paprika, cinnamon, and saffron.

    What are the prominent flavors of this dish?

    Briney, tangy, warming, and slightly sweet.

    I can’t find preserved lemons.

    Preserved lemons are the most important condiment in Moroccan cuisine so you really need it in this dish.

    Can I use just Castelvetrano olives or can I just use kalamata olives?

    Use both! Different flavors and they balance each other out.

    The incredible flavors of Moroccan cuisine embody this Moroccan chicken tagine skillet. Its complex and bold flavors will have you going back for seconds!

    Saffron is expensive; can I omit?

    No! You can find it at Trader Joe’s for a pretty decent price and you don’t use a lot of it.

    Do I need a tagine for this recipe?

    Nope, I don’t have one and I just used my cast iron skillet.

    Can I use chicken breasts? I don’t like dark meat.

    highly suggest using chicken thighs.

    It doesn’t dry out as easily and are more foolproof. Not to mention, I feel they are way more flavorful.

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    The incredible flavors of Moroccan cuisine embody this Moroccan chicken tagine skillet. Its complex and bold flavors will have you going back for seconds!
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    Moroccan Chicken Tagine Skillet

    This flavorful chicken dish is a great introduction to Moroccan cuisine! It has such complex flavors that your tastebuds will be having a party!
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 45 mins
    Marinating time: 4 hrs
    Total Time: 5 hrs 5 mins
    Course: Main Entree
    Cuisine: Moroccan
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 263kcal
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    Ingredients

    For the spice rub/marinade:

    • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    • Giant pinch saffron threads
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    • Salt and peper

    For the rest of the dish:

    • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    • 2 medium onions, sliced
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 2/3 cup kalama olives, pitted and roughly chopped
    • 2/3 cup castelvetrano olives, pitted and roughly chopped
    • 1 large preserved lemon, sliced
    • 1 cup chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons preserved lemon juice
    • Chopped fresh parsley, for topping

    Instructions

    • In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the spice mix then place chicken thighs into a large bowl and pour spice mix on top and rub the chicken throughout to get the spices incorporated. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
    • Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown on both sides. Remove and place on plate. It's okay if it's not fully cooked through yet. You are just browning it.
    • Add the onions and cook for 10-15 minutes, until softened and brown. Add cinnamon stick to the onions then place the chicken back on top.
    • Sprinkle olives all over, along with the preserved lemons. Pour the preserved lemon juice and chicken stock together and mix then pour into skillet.
    • Cover and let simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
    • Prior to serving, sprinkle fresh parsley on top, if desired.

    Notes

    Nutrition Facts
    Moroccan Chicken Tagine Skillet
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 263 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 13g20%
    Carbohydrates 11g4%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 24g48%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Kerry Lynn Griffith says:

    You made it! I am thrilled you did a post on it! Always a hit when I serve it.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yes!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Cristy says:

    Officially blaming you for introducing my husband to the world of Moroccan food. He took one look at this recipe and after saying “that looks interesting,” has jumped into researching spice blends, history, making homemade pita (!!!) and spending hours in the kitchen tasting and testing. That on top of wanting to make his own preserved lemons.

    Blaming you for hours of being a taste-tester, Julie. (In case you missed the sarcasm, thank you)

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Hahaha, I love this so much. Thank you for brightening my day!

  • Kristin says:

    I’m not rating because I haven’t made it (yet) but this goes into my anti-inflammatory meal list. Beautiful spices, the lemon and olives are good for the stomach bacteria, and it looks delicious! Thank you for the recipe – I really don’t have room for a tagine or any other cooking device at this point, so I’m really looking forward to this!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      I hope you enjoy!

  • Teresa Gleason says:

    Question, I don’t have a cast iron frying pan, can I make this in another pan? It sounds amazing!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yes, definitely can make it in another pan!

  • Yara says:

    Hi Julie,
    I was impressed with your recipe. it’s so delicious I’ve tried. I’m Moroccan and we make chicken tagine a little bit different than what you suggested but your recipe was great too.
    Thank you for always searching in other countries cuisine and culture and being creative.

    • Julie Wampler says:

      thank you for letting me know!!

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