Chicken Tagine Mchermel

By Cooking With Alia


  •  1.5 kg chicken (cut into pieces or just thighs)

Ingredients for the Chicken Marinade Saffron water:

  • A large pinch of saffron + 1 cup of warm water. You can store up to 1 month in the fridge.  We will use 1 teaspoon of saffron water.

  • The pulp of 1 large preserved lemon (or 2 small ones) 

  • A handful of fresh cilantro and parsley

  • 2 large garlic cloves 

  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Ingredients for the Tagine

  • 2 onions (grated)

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil Pinch of salt and ground turmeric

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Handful of green olives The skin of

  • 1 preserve lemon (cut into quarters)


Preparing the Ingredients

  1. First, let’s prepare saffron water. Soak the saffron threads in some warm water for 10 minutes. This method boosts the saffron flavors and is economical as you can store this flavored water and use it when needed. 

  2. Quarter the preserved