Things I have been cooking lately #102: Chicken with green olives

This Moroccan style recipe is another gem from the Leon One Pot cookbook. Not only is it really tasty but like everything from Leon it’s healthy too.

Chicken with green olives

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
500ml chicken stock
300g skinless chicken thighs
1 240g tin of chickpeas, drained
1 strand of saffron
50g pitted green olives
60g preserved lemon slices
2 tablespoons creme fraiche
A small handful of fresh coriander

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Peel and slice the onion. Saute the onion in the olive oil until just soft. Crush in the garlic and add the coriander and ginger and saute for a few more minutes.

Add the chicken thighs, saffron, chickpeas and stock and simmer gently for 10 minutes. In the meantime halve the olives and slice the preserved lemon slices.

Add the olives and preserved lemons to the saucepan and simmer for 5 more minutes. Roughly chop the coriander.

Add the creme fraiche and coriander and turn up the heat to reduce for 5 more minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve. We had ours with brown rice but I imagine it would also have been really good with couscous.

Serves 4



  1. Looks delicious Abbi.

    1. Abbi

      I had some leftovers from it today and they were delicious!

  2. Coriander. When was the last time I made anything needing coriander? I get bored cooking with chicken and need new Ideas. This is it!

    1. Abbi

      Coriander is one of my absolute favourite flavours. I chuck it in everywhere!

  3. I love the Leon books. I made a vegetarian shepherds pie from one of their recipes last week and it was really good and so healthy. I will definitely try this one too. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Abbi

      Let me know how it turns out. I have four of their mini-books now and almost everything I have made has been delicious.

  4. That looks divine, except for the coriander, of course :p

    1. Abbi

      You could probably use some flat leaf parsley instead.

      1. Thanks for the suggestion! I really do hate fresh cilantro.

  5. Oh my! This looks scrumptious! Sounds like a great one to make in the colder months, too!

    1. Abbi

      It was very warming, especially served with brown rice.

    1. Abbi

      It was even tastier when I ate the leftovers the next day!

      1. 🙂 surprising how leftovers often times taste better than when it was first served 🙂

  6. A.K. Maleeke

    This is great adding green olives! I always add it when making Moroccan tagine.

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