One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew

This Moroccan Chicken Stew is packed with flavor and is a perfect hearty and filling meal. This one pot dish is made with chicken, vegetables, and cozy spices; all simmered in a rich broth.

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As the weather becomes cooler, our need for comfort foods increases. It’s the perfect excuse to fill your home and belly with the aromatic blend of Moroccan spices.

This is not your ordinary chicken recipe, this Moroccan Stew will leave you feeling satisfied and happy. The combination of spices and unique flavor, cannot be beat.

With a cooking time of just 45 minutes, this is a great option for a weeknight stew. The moroccan flavors are a great way to end a long day.

Returning for more of this delicious meal would be expected. Which is why it serves 4-6. There’s room to have leftovers.


  • SIMPLE RECIPE – It looks like a lot of ingredients but it’s it’s mostly spices and vegetables. I’m sure you’ll have most ingredients on hand to make this hearty stew.
  • QUICK & EASY – This easy recipe takes just 45 minutes to make!
  • PACKED WITH FLAVOR – Moroccan cooking is known for its unique sweet and savory complex flavor. The ‘heat’ of dish can be easily added if prefered.
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Ingredients Required

Here are the main ingredients to make this moroccan chicken stew recipe. As always, the full recipe card for this easy dinner is at the end of the post.

  • Olive oil – for cooking
  • Skinless boneless chicken breasts – you can use bone-in chicken if you’d like, just adjust cook time to suit. Remove bone before shredding the chicken.
  • Vegetables – onion, carrots, celery, and diced tomatoes
  • Garlic – for flavour, fresh is best but garlic powder can be used in a pinch.
  • Chicken broth – the stock base, for simmering
  • Lemon – slice and lemon juice, a nice compliment to the spices
  • Kalama olives – olives are customary in Moroccan food
  • Spice Blend – coriander, cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon make up our moroccan recipes
  • Fresh parsley – for garnish
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Is Moroccan Food Spicy?

The taste of this dish (also known as moroccan chicken tagine) is not a spicy hot. The many fragrant and bold flavors of the spices layered together in moroccan cuisine, gives a savory and slightly smokey warmth. Taste buds, rejoice!


How to Make this Moroccan Chicken Recipe

Seasoning chicken with salt and black pepper.

Place a large pot (dutch oven, cast iron pan, or heavy-based casserole pan) on the stove, over medium-high heat. Add one tablespoon of olive oil.

Add the chicken and cook on each side for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown. Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet add the rest of the olive oil, the onion, carrot and celery, and garlic. Allow to cook for 5 minutes until the vegetables are softened.

Reduce to medium heat and add the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, lemon juice, and olives. Then add in all the spices, and mix well.

Add the chicken in a single layer, and place the lemon slices on top. Allow this to simmer for 20 minutes. This is the perfect time to make a a side such as rice or couscous if you’d like.

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Remove the chicken from the skillet and shred it. We have found the best way to do this, is by using two forks.

Place the shredded chicken back in the skillet and give a stir to combine.

Serve one pot moroccan chicken stew hot. Garnish with fresh parsley and/or lemon zest (if desired). 

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What to Serve with this Recipe

Serve this stew over a bed of couscous (I like pearl couscous), or rice for a complete meal. Many moroccan side dishes feature Mediterranean salad or chickpea salad.

You can also add a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream to combat the bold flavor, and side with crusty bread or naan. Having bread is great for soaking up every last drop of this dish.

If you love healthy recipes, the best side dishes might be whole wheat pita bread, sweet potatoes, brown rice or cauliflower rice!

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Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just like chili, this main dish is even better the next day, as the flavours continually meld together.

You can also freeze this dish for 3 months. Just place cooled leftovers in a well sealed container or freezer safe bag, before storing in the freezer.

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Moroccan Chicken Dish Variations

  • If you’d like this more spicy hot: add some crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper
  • You can swap green olives for the Kalama olives if you prefer.
  • Instead of chicken breasts, use boneless thighs if you wish.
  • Try fire-roasted tomatoes instead of regular diced tomatoes.

If you’re looking for more chicken recipes, try our creamy chicken stew. We also have a dedicated post of our Easy and Best Chicken Recipes.

More Chicken Recipes

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Moroccan Chicken Stew

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This Moroccan Chicken Stew is packed with flavor and is a perfect hearty and filling meal. This one pot dish is made with chicken, vegetables, and cozy spices; all simmered in a rich broth.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled, diced
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sliced kalama olives
  • 1 tsp coriander leave
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium-high heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil. Add the chicken and cook on each side for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the chicken is golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet add the rest of the olive oil, the onion, carrot and celery, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes until the vegetables are softened.
  4. Reduce heat and add the broth, diced tomatoes lemon juice, olives, and spices, mix well.
  5. Add the chicken and place the lemon on top, simmer for 20 minutes. 
  6. Remove the chicken from the skillet and shred it using two forks.
  7. Place the shredded chicken back in the skillet and give a stir to combine.
  8. Serve hot, garnish with fresh parsley. 

    Notes

      • Serve this dish on top of couscous or rice if desired 
      • Store leftovers in the fridge up to 4 days. You can also freeze it for 3 months.
    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 106mgSodium: 1101mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 41g

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