Remember way back when I made my national citrus fruit appeal? Actually I think it was a global citrus fruit appeal. Well either way it was epic, okay?

Remember when I then preserved some Meyer lemons for a rainy day?

Well today is that rainy day.

Even though it’s sunny.

It’s high time we use those preserved lemons, don’t you think? I know some of you have them in your cabinets, you told me so.

Time to give them a rinse and make something out of them. I choose chicken tagine. Because I love it and it reminds me of my days cooking in France when I made this in little cast iron pots and it was sizzling and made the room smell like Morocco.

Here are some of the things you will need: Chicken, carrots, zucchini, peppers, preserved lemons, cumin, turmeric, saffron, ginger, olive oil, lemon for juicing.

Simply dig two lemon halves out of the wet salt.

Then rinse them well under cold water. You want to rinse all of the salt off.

Then lay them on a cutting board.

Then you slice them in half and remove  the pulp.

Like so.

Then slice the rind into strips. You can leave it like this…

Or you can keep going and cut them into a nice dice.

Then you cut up all of your vegetables and quarter the chicken. You also grate the ginger, squeeze the juice of a lemon and mince some garlic.

See how the vegetables are cut into two inch pieces with diagonal ends? That’s because I used to do it that way in France and it’s programmed into my DNA. You don’t have to do it that way if you don’t want to. I would suggest keeping them relatively large though so they don’t overcook.

Next you marinate the chicken in the garlic…

And lemon… (you can include the pulp if you want)

And ginger…

And lemon juice…

And cumin…

And coriander.

Then you add the vegetables and olive oil.

Then you stir it all very well.

Then you add a few pieces of saffron. This saffron is from Washington state! It’s a rare thing. It was a gift from Jon Rowley when I went to write about it for my book.

This is going to refrigerate for at least an hour so that all of the flavors meld.

Then you get a skillet very hot.

My beloved skillet.

You can also be traditional and use a tagine, or you can use a heavy bottom casserole dish

You want to brown the chicken pieces nicely on both sides.

Then come the vegetables.

And this stews into a glorious, sultry Moroccan tagine that will make your heart go pitter patter.

Give it a try some time!

“Chicken Tagine”

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

“Chicken Tagine”

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken legs, cut into thigh and drumstick
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 2 inch long pieces
  • 1 large red or green pepper, cut into 2 inch long pieces
  • 1 whole preserved lemon, rinsed well, pulp and pith removed, sliced into strips or diced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl and let marinate for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Heat a tagine, large skillet, or heavy bottom casserole dish until very hot. Brown the chicken parts in a bit of olive oil until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the vegetables and saute with the chicken.
  4. Deglaze the pan with the marinade from the bowl and then lower the heat. Cook covered on low heat or in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
http://georgiapellegrini.com/2010/07/21/recipes/chicken-tagine-2/