Moroccan Chicken d'Erfoud

Moroccan Chicken d'Erfoud

Chicken and vegetables slowly cooked in a spicy broth.

I savoured this dish in Erfoud, a Moroccan village south of the High Atlas mountains, where I was invited to share the table of a very hospitable family.

4 servings
Preparation 25 min
Cooking 1 h 30 min

550 calories per serving 


1/2 onions, finely chopped   100 g
1 clove garlic, finely chopped    
2 potatoes, peeled and cut in half   400 g
2 carrots, peeled and cut into quarters   200 g
1/2 lemons, cut into quarters   60 g
3/4 dried chili peppers, minced   0.4 g
2 cups chicken broth, low-sodium   500 mL
2 tbsp olive oil   30 mL
1 tbsp butter, unsalted   14 g
3 chicken legs, with back, skinless   900 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
1/2 tbsp couscous spice (ras-el-hanout)   5 g
22 black olives   1/2 cup
1 1/2 cup water   375 mL
1 1/4 cup couscous, whole wheat   200 g
1/4 cup fresh cilantro [optional]   9 g


  1. Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF.
  2. Prepare the vegetables : chop the onion and garlic; peel the potatoes and carrots, then cut them in half; cut the lemon lengthwise into quarters; and mince the chili pepper. Warm up the broth.
  3. Heat the oil and butter in a casserole dish over high heat. Sauté the chicken pieces thoroughly on each side until golden, about 10 min. Season with salt and pepper, then take the chicken out of the dish and set aside, leaving the drippings in the casserole dish.
  4. Add the onion and garlic, then sauté 2-3 min until they become translucent. Stir in the couscous spice and chili pepper, then cook 2 min with stirring. Pour in the hot broth, then put the chicken pieces back into the casserole dish. Add the potatoes, carrots, olives, lemon quarters, and water. Cover and cook in the middle of the oven 1 h 30 min.
  5. When ready to serve, cook the couscous. For a tastier couscous, replace half of the water needed to cook it with hot chicken broth.
  6. Serve the chicken, vegetables, and broth over the couscous. Chopped cilantro leaves may be sprinkled on top, if desired.


This dish may be prepared in advance and reheated. It is not advisable to freeze it because the potatoes change texture when frozen. The chicken may also be deboned resulting in a dish served as a thick soup.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (540g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




17 g

27 %

Saturated 4.5 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

22 %


75 mg


400 mg

17 %


66 g

22 %


8 g

34 %


4 g


33 g

Vitamin A

60 %

Vitamin C

35 %


8 %


30 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 2 servings
Grain Products: 2 servings
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat
Low :
Calories, Cholesterol, Saturated Fat, Sodium
Source of :
Calcium, Vitamin K
Good source of :
Copper, Manganese, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Excellent source of :
Fibre, Folacin, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Zinc

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This recipe is in the following categories: Poultry | Vegetables | Main courses/Entrées | Halal | High Fibre | High Iron | Low Calorie | Low Cholesterol | Low Saturated Fat | Low Sodium | Braise/Stew | Slow Cook | Moroccan

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