Chicken with Olives - Moroccan Tajine Recipe Video

How to make one of the staples of Moroccan cuisine: Chicken with Olives


Preparation Time1 Hr 10 MinCooking Time1 Hr 50 Min
Ready In3 Hr 0 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexAverageServings4
Main IngredientInterest Group


 Whole chicken1 , skin removed
 Onions2 Medium, grated
 Cilantro1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped
 Garlic3 Clove (15 gm), crushed
 Ginger powder1 Teaspoon
 Pepper1⁄2 Teaspoon (to taste)
 Salt1 Teaspoon (to taste)
 Food color1 Pinch (orange powder)
 Saffron1 Pinch (Optional)
 Cumin powder1 Teaspoon
 Olive oil3 Tablespoon, divided
 Lemon juice1 Tablespoon
 Green olives1 Cup (16 tbs) (olives in lemon preserve)
 Water5 Cup (80 tbs) (as required)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 995 Calories from Fat 632

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 71 g108.8%

Saturated Fat 17.8 g88.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 281.2 mg

Sodium 905.3 mg37.7%

Total Carbohydrates 15 g5.1%

Dietary Fiber 3.4 g13.5%

Sugars 4.6 g

Protein 71 g142.6%

Vitamin A 12% Vitamin C 28.4%

Calcium 10.8% Iron 23.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. In a bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, pepper, salt, saffron and cumin. Add the cilantro and mix well. Pour 1 tablespoon water and continue to mix well till combined.
2. In a large bowl put the chicken, pour the olive oil spices mixture over it and rub well all over to coat. Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for around 1 hour.

3. In a large pan or pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the onions and sauté till translucent.
4. Put the chicken in it and rotate it a few times to fry all sides. Pour water to cover the chicken to half, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
5. After 20 minutes, flip the chicken and continue to cook for another 20 minutes.
6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
7. Place the chicken in a baking dish and pour a little of the sauce from the pot over it.
8. Roast it in the oven for around 60 minutes. Half way through flip it once to roast evenly on all sides.
9. In the pot with the remaining sauce, add the olive. Season with more salt and pepper if required. Cook for few minutes and turn off the heat.

10. In a serving platter, place the chicken, pour the olives with some sauce all over and serve hot.

Editors Review

Chicken with olives is a wonderful Moroccan recipe. This video displays the step-wise procedure for this recipe in a simple manner. This chicken is absolutely tender and delicious with an amazing flavor of olives. Serve this chicken with olives with rice or bread and enjoy!