Pressure Cooker Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives is infused with Lemons, Fragrant Spices and Salty Green Olives. Take a trip to Morocco with me. This is a “dump and push start” meal, as well as Low Carb, Keto, Weight Watchers friendly!
Pressure Cooker Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives
My college roommate, Mariah, was born in Morocco. Cool, huh?
Our second year of college, we lived off campus in the “theatre” house, with two other roommates, Dean and Graham. Dean was into stage construction and Graham was also an actor, frequently as a leading man and paired with Moriah.
Our other would-be roommate, Steve, was killed from an electrical accident, shortly before he was to move in. He had a Summer gig in Missouri, I think and was on a ladder fixing the lights.
Moriah had (and still has) a beautiful singing voice. She was cast in all the ingénue rolls at the University of Florida.
This Pressure Cooker Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives is dedicated to my friend, Moriah, who is now a big wig in a Florida school, directing teaching acting.
Pressure Cooker Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives is a “dump and push start” recipe.
Most ingredients are Pantry Staples.
What ingredients are in Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives?
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Fresh Garlic
- Ground Paprika
- Kosher Salt
- Ground Cumin
- Ground Ginger
- Ground Coriander
- Turmeric Powder
- Cinnamon Stick
- Sambal Oelek Ground Chili Paste
- Green Olives
- Preserved Lemons
Preserved Lemons work really well here, but plain old Lemons can be used, if you don’t have Preserved.
Chicken and Spices Marinate for 30 Minutes
What are Preserved Lemons?
- They are Lemons which have been sliced or quartered and kept in a Glass Mason Jar with salt.
- They are first cut and packed into a Glass Mason Jar, with Salt added between each layer.
- They are tightly packed and pressed into the jar, so that the juice is extracted.
- After storing for a week on the counter, they are then moved to the refrigerator.
- When the peels become translucent, they are ready to use. This takes about a month.
- The flavor of the Lemons are less tart and salty.
For a bit more Lemon Flavor, I added a few pieces of plain Lemon to the Marinade.
This helps to tenderize the chicken and keep it juicy.
For this recipe, I used Chicken Breasts and Chicken Thighs. So that the Chicken would cook evenly, I cut the Thighs smaller than the Breast, which I only cut in half.
The Onions will cook very fast and in order to prevent them from completely disintegrating, cut them nice and thick!
We’ll cook down the liquid a bit at the end and let the Onions thicken the Sauce.
Make sure to use a good and sharp knife when cutting.
How do you make Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives?
- Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives is commonly made on the stove in a Cast Iron Skillet or Dutch Oven.
- It is also cooked in a Traditional Tagine or can be slow cooked or slow roasted in an Oven.
- The process for cooking on the Stove is slow.
- The Preserved Lemons are added at the end, while thickening the Sauce. It gives the Sauce a Salty and Lemony flavor.
In order to use the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker, we’ll do things a bit differently.
Pressure Cooker Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives takes a fraction of the time and is equally as delicious.
Try to push the Onions to the bottom of the cooking pot, to keep the Chicken off the bottom.
If I were cooking this Pressure Cooker Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives recipe on the Stove Top, I would add in the Green Olives, after the Chicken is cooked.
There is a longer Simmering Process, so that would help incorporate the flavors.
For this Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker recipe, I’ve chosen to add them in right away.
We will only need a short simmer, so, better to add the Green Olives in with the Chicken.
Cooking Couscous at the same time as my Pressure Cooker Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives is so simple.
There are a couple of Couscous recipes in my This Old Gal Pressure Cooker Cookbook, which is available now for pre-order.
The Stainless Steel Stacking Pan Inserts come in two tiers or three.
Both have the optional lid with the steamer holes and both have a solid lid!
Besides using the Stacking Pans for this Pressure Cooker Moroccan Chicken and Olives recipe, I use them in my Pressure Cooker Choco-Spice Layer Cake recipe and my Pressure Cooker Grandma’s Egg Custard recipe.
The Onions will further cook down during the Simmer stage.
At that point, the Preserved Lemons will be added and the liquid reduced to almost nothing, but an Onion Mush. 🙂
My Pressure Cooker Healthy Carrot Potato Mash is really good with this Chicken Dish too.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot DUO Plus 60 Pressure Cooker
- J.A. Henckels Classic 8 inch Chef’s Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- di Oro Living Silicone Spatulals Set!
- Rachael Ray Stoneware EVOO Oil Dispensing Bottle
- Alton Brown Salt Box
- Eukein Electric Pepper Mill
- 6 oz Porcelain Ramekins
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- Stack N’ Cook Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker Insert Pan
- Stainless Steel Tall/Short Trivet & Egg Cooker Set
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Pressure Cooker Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives
Pressure Cooker Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Olives is infused with Lemons, Fragrant Spices and Salty Green Olives. Take a trip to Morocco with me.
- 2 pounds Chicken Breasts/Thighs boneless/skinless
- 2 large Yellow Onions thick sliced
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 cloves Fresh Garlic minced
- 1/2 cup Chicken Stock/Broth
- 1.5 teaspoons Paprika
- 1.5 teaspoons Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek Ground Chili Paste (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 2 Preserved Lemons* quartered/seeds removed
- 4 ounces Whole Green Olives (w/o liquid)
- 1 Stainless Steel Steamer Insert Pan (for Couscous, Rice or Potatoes)
Trim fat from chicken and place in Container or Baggie. Add all ingredients to Baggies, except Olives. Allow to marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes or overnight.
When ready to cook, dump contents of Container or Baggie into Pressure Cooker cooking pot.
Add 1/4 cup Chicken Broth and Green Olives.
Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve. Cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes. When Beep sounds, wait 10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.
Remove the Chicken to a plate. Select Saute/Browning and Simmer until Onions have become mush, about 5 minutes. Return Chicken to Pressure Cooker to reheat.
Serve Chicken with Onion Sauce, Olives and Lemons.
If you do not keep Kosher, you can omit some of the Oil and add in a bit of Butter at the end, to help thicken the Sauce.
*If you do not have Preserved Lemons, cut up 2 regular Lemons and add 2 teaspoons of Kosher Salt, or more to taste.
For even cooking, cut Breasts in half and cut Thighs in thirds.