Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives

My dear friend Ferdy recently gave me a jar of preserved lemons and of course, being the food enthusiast that I am, I rushed to Renaud Bray to find me a Moroccan cookbook. Instead, I found an amazing magazine: Les 60 meilleurs du monde…point final.! And from this amazing magazine, I made this excellent recipe (with a few differences), probably the best chicken recipe that could ever exist!

chicken in dutch oven


For best results, use a dutch oven. The dutch oven will render the chicken very tender and the sauce as thick as you’d like it to be. I served this with white rice on the side simply because all the flavor is in the chicken and you don’t want to ruin it by introducing another flavor.

Ingredients (serves 2):

– 2 full chicken breasts, thinly sliced into flat fillets
– 3 Tbsp oil (I used a mix of canola and grape seed oil)

– 2 garlic cloves
– 1 onion, sliced into matchsticks
– 1 Tbsp chopped fresh ginger

– 1/2 cup of green unpitted olives
– 1/2 a preserved lemon
– 1 cinnamon stick
– 1 Tbsp harissa sauce
– 1 tsp ras el-hanout spices
– 500 ml chicken broth


1. Heat the oil in your dutch oven. Fry the chicken until lightly golden.

2. Add the garlic, onion and ginger. Fry for 3 minutes.

3. Add everything else, cover the dutch oven and cook in the oven at 350 F for 1 hour.

Et voila!