Chicken and Olive Tajine


Chicken and Olive TadjineChicken and olive Tajine is one of the famous dishes in the Mediterranean food of north Africa. It ‘s mostly a special dish in Morocco and Algeria. I personally cook this dish at least once a week. The persevered lemon and olives add a special flavor to the chicken. This dish cooks best in a Tajine ( I have this one), but a stockpot is also good.


How to make chicken and olive Tajine


  • 1 tbsp grass fed butter or ghee
  • 4 chicken legs
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch saffron (1 tsp turmeric can be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh shredded ginger
  • 2 cups of water or homemade chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 preserved lemon (buy it here)
  • 1 medium tomato


  1. Melt the fat in a large stockpot over medium heat
  2. Add in chicken and onion with a pinch of salt and pepper
  3. Sauté the chicken for 10 minutes until it starts to golden.
  4. Add the the saffron, cilantro, parsley, ginger and blended tomato
  5. Add in the water or chicken broth
  6. Simmer the chicken in the broth for 30 minutes uncovered
  7. Add the olives and lemon to the pot and cook for 15 more minutes.
  8. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish and rost for 10minutes on medium broil.
  9. Put the chicken in a serving plate and poor the sauce on top


(always use organic produce and pasture raised animals for best taste and health!)


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Massiva Ouali BA, LSH, CRTS is a part time blogger, author and a mom on a mission to help her family live a better and healthier life through Mediterranean recipes cooking, natural beauty, personal care and cleaning recipes, successful parenting and much more. The recipes she shares have been tested and approved by her family of 5. Her goal is to help you reach your best in health and wellness. She named her blog after a therapy called '"Raindrop Technique” that she practices. She is a true believer that God’s/Allah's medicine is in the plants and essential oils. Join her on a mission of inhaling blessings and exhaling gratitude.


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