The Best Moroccan Lemon Chicken Recipe for the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
This is the best authentic Moroccan Lemon Chicken recipe you will find and we’ve included instructions for both the Instant Pot and Slow. If you’re just visiting my blog for the first time you may not know that I was born in Morocco. I felt it was only natural that I learn to make at least one authentic Moroccan recipe and I knew I wanted to learn my families Moroccan lemon chicken.
I remember having this when I went to visit my aunt in Virginia Beach and it was absolutely delicious. This is such a memorable dish and I receive so many compliments any time I serve this to friends or family. If you enjoy cuisine that is incredibly flavorful, then you must give this Moroccan Lemon Chicken recipe a try.
This Moroccan Lemon Chicken recipe cooks in only 7 minutes using the Instant Pot.
This Moroccan Lemon Chicken recipe can be made in both a slow cooker or Instant Pot. Pressure cooking is a popular cooking method that has been used in many Moroccan dishes, long before the Instant Pot grew in popularity. When using an Instant Pot, this recipe cooks in only 7 minutes, compared to 8 hours in a slow cooker! If you still have not invested in an Instant Pot, this might be the perfect time. I personally use the Instant Pot Duo Plus.
This Moroccan Lemon Chicken recipe is full of flavor and uses one of my favorite ingredients, preserved lemons.
I experimented with this recipe several times and added my own personal touches until it was perfect. This Moroccan Lemon Chicken recipe is full of flavor and uses one of my favorite ingredients, preserved lemons. These lemons are jarred in a brine of salt and lemon juice which eliminate the bitterness. This allows you to eat the entire lemon and gives dishes an extra zip of cistrus flavor.
If you are unable to find preserved lemons at the grocery store, they are incredibly easy to make. You only need two ingredeints to make preserved lemons, salt and a bag of lemons. You can find our Preserved Lemon Recipe here. This unique ingredient is used in many Moroccan recipes, but it also has a plethora of uses. You can find additional suggestions on how to use Preserved Lemons here.
If you own an Instant Pot you will love how incredibly quick this recipe is to make.
If you prefer to use a slow cooker, this is a great recipe to prepare in the morning and enjoy once you arrive home from work. If you own an Instant Pot, you will love how incredibly quick this recipe is to make. Since this dish begins by using the saute feature and uses smaller pieces of chicken with only 1 cup of liquid, it pressurizes very quickly. In only 7 minutes this recipe is cooked with incredibly tender chicken that taste like its been stewing for hours.
This Moroccan lemon Chicken recipe pairs perfectly with whole wheat couscous or Basmati rice. If you are eating healthy or trying to lose weight, Trader Joes Whole Wheat Couscous is amazing. Each serving, which I calculate at 1/4 cup, has only 166.5 calories with 5g of fiber and 6g of protein! An entire serving of this recipe, with couscous, is only 398 calories!
Moroccan Lemon Chicken Recipe Instant Pot or Slow Cooker
- 1 package Chicken Thighs skinless and cubed
- 1 tbsp ginger use only fresh grated ginger
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- ½ cup sweet onion finely chopped
- ½ cup peas frozen organic
- 1 lb Carrots 6 medium to large carrots cut in half
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- ¼ tsp olive oil a light spray
- 1 large Lemon juiced
- 1 tsp Salt I prefer Himalayan Pink Salt for its mineral content, read more about the benefits here.
- 1 tbsp Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Cinammon
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Tumeric
- 1/4 tsp Cumin
- .8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 cup Chicken stock I like Trader Joe's organic stock
- ¼ whole preserved lemon 2 slices diced small
- ½ cups large green olives sliced in half
- ⅛ cup cilantro for garnish
- 1 cup couscous I like the whole wheat couscous from Trader Joes, you can also use Basmati Rice.
- First, remove excess fat from chicken thighs. Then, in a large bowl add the chicken, spices, grated ginger, garlic, lemon juice, 1 tbsp olive oil and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or even overnight.
- Take out the crockpot insert and add the carrots, then top with the chicken.
- Then add the onions,peas (if fresh, if frozen add at the end), broth and set the crock pot on low heat for 6-7 hours (never lift the lid).
- 10 minutes before it's finished you can start your couscous. If you are making rice start 30 minutes before its finished.
- 10 minutes before the rice is finished and once the chicken is tender, add the Olives, Peas (if frozen), Preserved Lemons, and Fresh Herbs.
- Let simmer with the top open for an additional 10 minutes. You can give a little taste and add more salt or lemon juice if needed.
Instant Pot Instructions
- Set Instant Pot to Saute on high heat, spray with olive oil and using prongs, add chicken thighs. Save remaining juice and add to the 1 cup of chicken broth.
- Once the chicken has sauteed for 2-3 minutes, add the finely chopped onions.
- Turn off the saute setting and add in the chicken broth making sure to get all the scrapings from the bottom.
- Next, add the carrots to the top of the chicken and give them a light press so they are a bit more submerged. It is ok if they are not completely submerged.
- Put on the lid and turn on the pressure cooker to high pressure and set for 7 minutes. Once it is finished, quick-release the steam and remove the top.
- Begin cooking your Couscous which should only take about 5 minutes using Trader Joes whole wheat couscous.
- Put the Instant Pot back on the lowest saute setting and add in the frozen peas, olives, and preserved lemon. Simmer for about 1-2 minutes.
- Scoop into your bowls, garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, and serve.
For an extra special touch, I recommend serving this dish in small tagines. I found this amazing 10pc. set on Amazon and use them all the time when I make Moroccan or Indian dishes. They add that extra special touch and are a hit at dinner parties.
If you decide to make this Moroccan Lemon Chicken recipe I would love to hear your feedback. Please leave a comment below. This is one of my absolutely favorite recipes and is absolutely full of flavor so I really hope you enjoy it!
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