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Moroccan Chicken

3# chicken thighs, fat trimmed
4 T. tagine spices
4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
4 T. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1/2 c. pitted kalamata olives

Wash and trim chicken, leaving skin intact. Mix spices, garlic, oil, salt and pepper to a smooth paste and pour over chicken, turning to coat thoroughly. Marinate for up to three hours.

In a large stock pot, heat some oil of choice and saute onions until soft. Remove to bowl. Brown chicken on all sides, scrape any marinade leftover in bowl into pot and add about a cup of water. Stir thoroughly. Add in onions and stir to incorporate. Lay lemon slices on top. Bring to a boil, cover and allow to simmer slowly until chicken is very tender but still holds together, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Stir in olives and remove skin before serving. Lemon slices can be consumed and are delicious.

Notes: I have done this recipe with minced garlic and for some reason it just doesn’t work as nicely. The slices of garlic hold up very well in the cooking process and become very tender and sweet to eat. You don’t need to slice the garlic; I know it’s hard and a pain, but the end result is worth the effort.

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