Luscious Lemon Chicken

Luscious Lemon Chicken

Auntie Caroline's preserved lemons go particularly well in this dish - there's no sharpness just oodles of flavour. You'll find that the longer and more slowly you cook the chicken the better. It will be beautifully soft to eat. 
Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, preserved lemon, Tagine
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author breadbakerdanielle


  • 4 Chicken thighs
  • 2 Onions chopped
  • 300 gr Luscious Lemon or preserved lemons
  • 350 gr Courgette or squash cubed
  • 2 cm Fresh Ginger
  • 10 gr Coriander seeds
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 50 gr Olives black or green
  • 1 pinch Saffron
  • 300 ml Water
  • 50 ml Olive oil approximately
  • 5 ml Black peppercorns
  • 50 gr Coriander chopped


  • Heat the oil and fry the onions until softened in a heavy based casserole or similar. 
  • Grate the fresh ginger. Add it to the onions with the cumin and garlic and cook until softened. Set mixture aside
  • Add the chicken thighs to the pot and cook until lightly browned
  • Put the onion mixture back in the pot add the courgette or squash. Add the chopped lemons and saffron. Mix well.  
  • Add the water and cook on a low heat for at least an hour until the chicken is very soft. Check half way through and add more water if the mixture is getting dry. 
  • Add the olives and heat through for 5 to 10 minutes. Check seasoning and add salt if necessary. Sprinkle with chopped coriander. 
  • Serve with rice or new potatoes. 


A heavy casserole dish is ideal for this dish.