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Morocco : M'qualli: Chicken Tagine with Lemons
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Created: 30th Jun 2009
Modified: 30th Jun 2009
The Africa News Cookbook
  • 2 chickens (3-4 lbs. each), whole or cut into pieces
  • 1-2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tblsp. clarified butter
  • 2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated, or 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 whole onion
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp. tumeric or suffron
  • 10 small olives (choose green or black, but use Greek, Italian or Spanish, not the bland American style intended for munching
  • peel of 1 lemon cut into strips

Place chickens in a pot with all the other ingredients except olives and lemon peel. Cover with water and bring to a boil, turning the chickens over to make sure they are well coated with the sauce. Cook over moderate heat, covered, adding a little wateer if necessary, and basting the chickens with sauce from time to time. Remove the onion as soon as it is cooked.

When chickens are done, add the olives and the lemon peel, a let simmer a few minutes longer. To serve place the chickens on a serving platter, top with olives and lemon rinds, and pour sauce over the whole dish.

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