I was not able to locate the more traditional preserved lemons (lemons preserved in salt) often used in this dish. I grilled slices of Meyer lemons instead. Most recipes I consulted had a modest amount of added salt so I assumed the olives or preserved lemons would take up the slack. I marinated the chicken pieces in the spices mixed with olive oil and garlic in a zip lock bag. I do not add salt to the marinade because it makes the chicken tough. I sprinkle on just before browning the chicken. I also removed the ribs from the chicken breast and left the skin on, then cut the breast across the middle. It browns beautifully and the skin doesn't get flabby when braised. This makes for uniform serving pieces and even cooking. If you do not have a boning knife, ask you butcher to remove the ribs. It only takes a few minutes. I went back to the lab, made some adjustments and this is the final results. I used my Le Creuset braiser in absence of an actual tagine cooker. It works fine and creates flavorful, tender chicken. A lovely meal for a spring evening. Serves 6-8.
3 chicken breasts, skin on, ribs removed and cut across the widest part to make 6 pieces
4 chicken thighs, skin on
Mix in a 1 gallon zip lock bag:
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
5 cloves of garlic crushed
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tbls honey
1/2 cup olive oil
Add chicken pieces and mix to coat. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or over night turning at least once. Remove from marinade, drain on a rack and sprinkle on both sides with Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. Save the marinade.
While the chicken marinates, slice two Meyer Lemons and brush each slice with olive oil on both sides. Grill on a grill pan for 3-4 minutes per side until just browned. Remove and set aside.
Heat 2 tbls olive oil in heavy braising dish and brown chicken pieces in batches, skin side down, first. Brown each side about 5 minutes. Remove to a platter and tent with foil. Drain off all but 2 tbls fat.
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