Moroccan Chicken d'Erfoud

5 Reviews
75% would make this recipe again

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.

Preparation : 25 min Cooking : 1 h 30 min
510 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Nuts & Peanuts Free
  • Halal


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 in half 200 g
1/2 lemons, cut into quarters 60 g
3/4 dried chili peppers, finely chopped 0.4 g
2 cups chicken broth 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] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]
1/2 tbsp couscous spice (ras-el-hanout) 5 g
22 black olives 1/2 cup
1 1/2 cup water 375 mL
1 cup basmati rice 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 rice. For a tastier rice, replace half of the water needed to cook it with hot chicken broth.
  6. Serve the chicken, vegetables, and broth over the rice. 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

per 1 serving (490g)


% Daily Value




17 g

26 %

Saturated 4.3 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

22 %


70 mg


710 mg

30 %


60 g

20 %


5 g

20 %


3 g

Net Carbs

55 g


28 g

Vitamin A

60 %

Vitamin C

33 %


8 %


24 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 2 servings
Grain Products : 1 ½ servings
Milk and Alternatives : 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives : 1 ¼ servings


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


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 3
Fruits 0
Vegetables 1
Meat and Alternatives 3
Fats 2

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5 Reviews (5 with rating only ) 75% would make this recipe again