Instant Pot Moroccan Chicken Tagine


Your Instant Pot replaces the traditional clay or ceramic cone-shaped cooking pot used in Moroccan cuisine (the tagine). The word 'tagine' also refers to the slow-cooked, stew-like dish that is prepared in it. This chicken tagine features the authentic flavors of preserved lemons and olives, with a delicious combination of spices typically used in Moroccan cooking.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons paprika

  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¾ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • teaspoon saffron powder

  • 1 ½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 preserved lemon

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 medium red onions, sliced

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1 cup pitted and halved Mediterranean olives

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Combine garlic, paprika, ginger, turmeric, and saffron in a large bowl. Add chicken pieces and mix until coated with spices. Cover and refrigerate, 3 to 4 hours or overnight.

  2. Cut preserved lemon into quarters. Remove pulp from the peel and remove seeds from pulp. Mince pulp and set aside. Cut lemon peel into strips and set aside.

  3. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Saute function. Heat olive oil and butter in the cooker; add chicken. Cook chicken until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate, reserving drippings in the pot.

  4. Place onions and lemon pulp into the hot pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions have softened, about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon stick, place chicken on top, and scatter olives and lemon peel over the chicken. Pour in chicken broth. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  5. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 10 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid carefully, turning it away from you. Transfer contents to a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and cilantro and serve immediately.


You can use any skinless, boneless cut of chicken that you'd like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

257 Calories
14g Fat
9g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 257
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 2538mg 110%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 282mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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