Chicken Marrakesh

by Maureen on August 16, 2011

I had a meal of lamb and chicken Marrakesh last week and I liked it but without the lamb.  I came home and tried it with just the chicken and it was great.  I love Moroccan cuisine. My sister spent a few weeks in Marrakesh last year and ever since I saw all her photos, I’m dying to visit. Moroccan cooking feels like you put everything in the spice rack in the pot but the combination of flavors is fantastic.

How to Make Chicken Marrakesh

Nothing about this meal is difficult unless you find peeling and chopping vegetables difficult.  I don’t.  I would much rather cook a meal from scratch than get anything prepared from the supermarket.  I know exactly what goes into the meals I put on my table.  I like that.

Start by heating oil in a frying pan and adding the diced onion.

onions frying in a skillet

Once the onions are softened, add the garlic and spices.  You can use ras el hanout, which is Arabic for “top of the shop” meaning all the best spices the spice blender has in his shop, or you can add 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp cumin, pinch of paprika and 1 tsp ginger.  Ras el hanout gives a more complex taste and it’s what I prefer to use.

Add the chicken and brown in the onions, garlic and spices.

chopped chicken thighschicken and onions

Once the meat has browned, add stock to cover chicken, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

making chicken marrakesh

Once the 20 minutes are up, add all the vegetables, raisins, chickpeas and preserved lemon.

how to cook chicken marrakesh

Simmer this until the veggies are cooked and then check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.

chicken marrakesh cooking in a pot

I served it over couscous with currants but plain couscous would be fine.

Chicken Marrakesh served over couscous with currants

Here’s the recipe:

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Chicken Marrakesh
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This is a wonderful, hearty meal. It will make any dinner special.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 8
  • 4 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 onions diced
  • 2 lbs chicken cut in chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tbsp ras el hanout (or 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp cumin, 1 pinch paprika, 1 tsp ginger)
  • 3 carrots cut into chunks
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes cut into chunks
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 zucchini chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cans chickpeas
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tbsp toasted sliced almonds (bake at 350F - 180C for 3-4 minutes)
  • Chicken stock
  • ½ preserved lemon cut into slivers (or adjust to your taste)
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander (cilantro)
  1. Heat oil in frying pan
  2. Saute onions then add garlic and spices
  3. Add chicken and cook just to brown
  4. Add stock to cover chicken, cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes
  5. Add vegetables, raisins, chickpeas and preserved lemon and simmer til the vegetables are cooked.
  6. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Toss in chopped coriander (cilantro) and toasted sliced almonds
  8. Serve over couscous

p.s. I know it’s been too long since the last post.  I’m finally coming out from under all the quirky problems I’ve been having.  My apologies!  You’re all wonderful to visit and I should post more often!


Dave D from What Is It?  made this recipe and sent a photo for you to see.  Looks Yummy Dave!


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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Megs August 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I should know better than to peak in here at midnight. Now I’m starving lol.

Looks like a great recipe Maureen and I can even do that.


Maureen August 17, 2011 at 10:27 am

Megs, if you were here I’d be happy to fill your plate! You’re welcome anytime. :)


yummychunklet August 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm

All the flavors and ingredients look really tasty in this dish. Great post!


Maris (In Good Taste) August 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Fantastic pictures with such great instruction. Looks very delicious!


Nelly Rodriguez August 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Love the process pictures and it looks like the perfect meal to me!


Junia @ Mis Pensamientos August 17, 2011 at 4:56 am

i love the flavors of Moroccan cuisine. :D


Yudith August 17, 2011 at 11:26 am

Maureen, I am totally saving this recipe when it’s minus 20 degree in Iowa!! :) Thanks for sharing.


Kimby August 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Hope your quirky problems are over — whatever they were, they didn’t affect your cooking. :) This looks fantastic. Missed you!


Kitchen Belleicious August 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I was hoping you would be back. I hadn’t hear from you since your sorbet post and I was getting sad:) This is an absolutely delicious and stunning dish and one I know we would love! Have got to try this soon!


SallyBR August 18, 2011 at 2:17 am

Wonderful dish! I often use chicken instead of lamb, because it makes it a lot lighter and easier to digest

once the weather cools around here, this will be our dinner!


Sissi August 18, 2011 at 4:12 am

I must say the best Moroccan dish I have ever had was in France and not in Morocco ;-)
Your dish looks lovely!


joan August 18, 2011 at 6:39 am

i will definitely try making that one of this days..


Anna@MyDesignEthos August 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Dropping by from Twitter! This looks amazing. I was lucky enough to visit Moroco last year and I have to say that this looks much yummier than some of the dishes I tried! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes – I’m a bit of a secret chef at home sometimes :)


Catherine August 19, 2011 at 5:06 am

Sounds delish!! I love the spices. Have a great and blessed day. Catherine xo


Dave D August 19, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I made it for supper tonight. My daughter is not into experimental food so I left out the raisins,apricots, almonds and lemon. But I threw in a little habanero to spice it up. That was the mistake…it was a little too spicy. she ate it because she was starving, but I made the leftovers into soup to get it not too hot!

Dave D


Maureen August 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

Hi Dave, thanks a lot for the photo. I have added it to the bottom of my post for everyone to see. Looks delicious!


Maureen August 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

email it to me, Dave and I’ll post it ! :) maureen at orgasmic chef dot com


Greg August 20, 2011 at 4:03 am

Good to see the problems got worked out. What a gorgeous recipe to return with.


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes August 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Such a gorgeous meal. It looks exotic and yet like comfort food at the same time.


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