Moroccan Lemon Chicken

Preserved lemon and olives are the stars of this juicy chicken dish that's bursting with flavor. 


Moroccan Lemon Chicken

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 bone-in (skin-on chicken breast halves)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 shallot (chopped)
  • 1 preserved lemon (inside discarded, skin thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup pitted mixed marinated olives (halved)
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil (drained and chopped)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 sprigs oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • Chive blossoms (for garnish, optional)


  1. This recipe originally appeared on Giada Entertains: Giada's Thank You Lunch.
  2. Heat the oil a medium straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Dry the chicken breasts well and sprinkle evenly with the salt. Place the breasts skin-side down in the hot pan and cook undisturbed until deep golden brown, about 6 minutes. Using tongs, flip the chicken to the bone side and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Remove to a plate while you build the sauce.
  3. In the same pan, add the shallots and sweat, stirring occasionally, for a minute. Add the preserved lemon, olives and sun-dried tomatoes and stir to combine. Deglaze with the white wine, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Simmer for 3 minutes to reduce slightly. Add the chicken broth and return to a simmer. Add the oregano and the chicken back to the sauce. Spoon some of the liquid over the chicken. Cover the pan and simmer gently until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F, about 25 minutes. Allow the chicken to rest in the sauce for 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley.
  4. Serve the chicken with a generous helping of the sauce and sprinkled with chive blossoms if using.


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