Two Servings

  • 1 large Onion
  • 100g green and red Olives 
  • 20g chopped Parsley 
  • 20g chopped Cilantro
  • ½ Preserved Lemon 
  • 3-4 stems Safran dissolved in ½ Ounce/15ml of water
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Sunflower/Vegetable Oil 
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric 
  • ¼ teaspoon of Ras El Hanout – the 44 spices, Moroccan curry
  • 600g Chicken 
  • ½ teaspoon of Smen – Moroccan Fermented Butter
  • ½ teaspoon of salt 


  1. Mix Saffron with a ½ ounce of water and let the natural color “run” into the water. It should be yellowish.
  2. Chop ½ the Onion, Parsley, Cilantro, and Garlic separately then together. Place all in a bowl then add Salt, Black Pepper, Ginger, Turmeric, Ras El Hanout, Olive Oil, and Vegetable Oil.
  3.  We put the chicken in the bowl and marinate it with the ingredients.
  4. On low heat, add the marinated chicken to the cooking pot
  5. Separate the pulp of the preserved lemon from the skin.
  6. Chop the pulp of lemon and add it to the pot, and leave the skin for the decoration of the tagine later.
  7. Add Smen to the pot
  8. Stir the pot for 5 minutes to infuse the flavor of the spices. The color of the chicken will start to change.
  9. Slice the other ½ of the onions and add the slices to the pot.
  10. Add Safran mixture and a small glass of water.
  11. Cover the pot and let it cook for 30 minutes.
  12. Add the olives to the pot and let them cook for 5 minutes.
  13. Slice the skin of the preserved lemon into 8-10 slices and use them to decorate your Tagine after turning off the heat. 
  14. Bon Appétit!


2 Thoughts on “Moroccan Chicken Tagine Recipe”

  • This was not how we made the chicken the other night. We did not marinate it, how long would you do that for. We also added the whole cut onion /garlic with oil first then put chicken in and then out spices on chicken. Please clarify.
    thank you,

  • Dear Sharon,

    We are happy to know that you are experimenting with Moroccan cuisine! As for your question, feel free to choose the method that is more convenient for you since both ways offer the same result.

    BDC Team

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