Saffron chicken is a delicately spiced creation that is well known and loved in many Moroccan homes. It is generally served as a celebratory meal but I love to make it Just because.


  • 1 Whole chicken, washed and cut into 8 sized portions

  • 2 Large red onions, medium chopped

  • 1 TBS Ground ginger

  • 2 Cinnamon sticks

  • 1 tsp White pepper

  • 2 tsp Salt

  • .25 Cup freshly chopped coriander

  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Saffron threads, crushed lightly

  • 2 tsp Ground tumeric

  • .25 Cup olive oil, of the best quality you can afford

  • .25 Cup butter

  • Freshly baked bread to serve


  • 1.

    Mix all ingredients together in a large heavy based non stick pan. Cover and cook on medium - high heat for about 1 hour or until chicken begins to fall from the bones, stirring gently but frequently.

  • 2.

    Uncover pan then reduce heat and cook until mainly oils are left. Discard the cinnamon sticks.

  • 3.

    Serve on a fresh bed of couscous or rice.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 775kj
  • Fat Total 60g
  • Saturated Fat 19g
  • Protein 44g
  • Carbohydrate 13g
  • Sugar 3g
  • Sodium 796mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Do not add any water to this dish as the ingredients will naturally create their own juices with plenty to cook in.
Use some freshly baked crusty bread to soak up the delicious oils remaining on your plate.

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Posted by Lisa259Report
I hope you love it. This is one of the things I make when we go someplace and are asked to bring a pot of food. I never have to bring any home with me ;)
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
I will try it next time I go to someone's place as well :-)
thanks dear!
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
emmmmm.. this looks yummy .. I should try it very soon inshalla.. will let u know when i do ..