This excellent Middle Eastern dish is a particularly Moroccan specialty.
1 large roasting chicken (about 4 pounds)
2 1/2 tablespoons oil
Salt and black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 pound green or black olives
1/2 lemon, or more
Wash the chicken and wipe it with a damp cloth.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add about 3/4 cup water very gradually, stirring
Add onion slices, sprinkle with salt, pepper, ginger, and paprika, and
lay the chicken on top. Cook over low heat, covered, for 1 hour, turning the chicken
frequently. Add a little more salt if necessary, and the finely chopped onion, and
cook for 1/2 hour longer.
Pit the olives. Put them in a pan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil,
and leave for 1 minute. Drain off the water and repeat the process. This will remove
Add the olives to the pan and cook with the chicken for a few minutes
Just before serving, squeeze a little lemon juice over the dish. Sometimes a
few pickled lemon slices are added just before serving.
Serve with plain boiled
rice or couscous.
Source: A Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden