overhead photo of seared chicken with chickpeas and dates

One Pot Moroccan Lemon Chicken

Always wanted to make a tagine Moroccan dish, but don't own a tagine?  This is your answer!  A ONE POT Moroccan Lemon chicken dish!  With ingredients like dates, celery and ginger, its going to be a party in your mouth!

Course chicken dishes
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan
Keyword chicken dinner, easy dinner, one pot dinners
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Nadia Hubbi


  • 5 chicken thigh skin on bone in you can use chicken breast bone in
  • 1 cup diced brown onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • Juice of 1 lemon roughly 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 tsp diced fresh ginger
  • 4 crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 medjool dates pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup olives put as many as you would like
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas canned, drained


  1. season chicken with salt and pepper
  2. Sautee onions, ginger and garlic in 2 Tablspoon olive oil for 3-4 minutes until fragrant but not brown
  3. Add carrots, celery, tomato, cumin & cinnamon
  4. Stir for a few minutes
  5. Remove vegetables to separate plate
  6. Add remaining olive oil
  7. Brown chicken on each side for 3-5 minutes
  8. Add chickpeas, stock, lemon juice, olives, and salt & pepper
  9. Stir
  10. Cover for 10-15 minutes

  11. Add cilantro and dates

  12. cover for a few more minutes

  13. Make sure chicken is fully cooked

  14. Serve with couscous or rice