Moroccan Chicken with Peppers, Lemons and Olives

This Moroccan inspired dish is a fusion between a Mediterranean Diet recipe and the flavors of New England.  I have cooked this for thousands of people and many have told me that I should bottle the sauce.  You can cook this on the stove top, a Dutch oven or in a crock pot.  The trick to making this simple Moroccan chicken dish is having a tight cover on whatever cooking pot you are using.  This way the peppers and chicken are tender and the wonderful flavors are infused into all the ingredients.  This is one of those dishes that is easy to make, but elegant.  It can be served for almost any type of event from casual to fancy.

Don’t be fooled by the long list of ingredients.  Half of the ingredients are the sauce which only takes about 5 minutes to put together.  It is really a very simple recipe to make.

With the Dutch oven version begin by sautéing the chicken and vegetable and then make the sauce.  This will save you time.  If you want, you can also forget about putting the Dutch oven in the oven and just keep cooking it on medium on the stove top until the peppers are soft and the chicken is cooked.  If you don’t have a Dutch oven, then just cook the whole thing on the stove with a tightly covered pot.

The Crock Pot version is super easy and only takes about 15 minutes to prepare.  Sauté the chicken in a skillet and then add all the ingredients to the crock pot.  You can cook on high for 5 hours and you are done.  I love this recipe no matter how it is made.

I serve this with a Greek salad and bread (to sop up the gravy). Enjoy and please rate and review!

Moroccan Chicken with Lemons, Peppers and Olives

Moroccan Chicken with Peppers, Lemons and Olives

Bill Bradley
4.83 from 17 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 325 kcal


  • 2 pounds chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, peeled and sliced very thin
  • 3 cups green olives, with pits (or without if desired)
  • 2 red peppers, cut into long, wide, strips
  • 2 yellow peppers, cut into long, wide strips
  • 2 orange peppers, cut into long, wide strips
  • 3 onions, cut into quarters
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Salt and pepper, and then to taste
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • Dutch oven version:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, stir together tomato paste, honey, molasses, Dijon mustard, and spices.
  • On top of the stove, in a large Dutch oven (or covered cast iron), add olive oil and sauté chicken pieces until no longer raw on the outside.
  • Add vegetables to chicken and then spice mixture. Stir well.
  • Cover and put in Oven. Bake for 1 hour, stirring at half-way point.
  • At 1 hour, stir and recover. Turn down temp to 300 degrees F and continue to cook for another hour.
  • Crock Pot (slow cooker) version:
  • In a skillet, sauté chicken in olive oil until no longer raw on the outside.
  • Add all ingredients, including chicken and 1/4 cup water to slow cooker. Stir well.
  • Cook on high for 5 hours, stirring occasionally.


Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 27gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1147mgPotassium: 859mgFiber: 5gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 2230IUVitamin C: 144mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 2mg
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About the Author: Bill Bradley, R.D.
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  1. Mary November 11, 2023 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    While assembling I had my doubts about this recipe, but it was delicous!

  2. Tom July 11, 2022 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I’ll be making this for the third time tomorrow. The leftovers I freeze. They taste as good or maybe even better when reheated.

  3. Inger Purifory February 9, 2022 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Our first Mediterranean diet meal and my husband asked, “are you sure we are we are dieting?”.
    We love this dish and thank you so much for this online course.?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. February 12, 2022 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Inger, Thank you so much for the comment and you are welcome! – Bill

  4. MaryAnne Bastek November 2, 2021 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe several times it always comes out delicious! I love the fact that you just put everything into the pot and be done. Mt guests always like it too, and I think it’s the turmeric flavor that catches everyone’s attention. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. November 2, 2021 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks MaryAnne, I love the flavors of this sauce as well. Happy eating! – Bill

  5. Mary Ellen Sanger November 5, 2018 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    This is one of my favorite recipes. I repeat it every few months. The piquant of olives and lemon with the depth of flavor from molasses and spices — mesmerizing! ;-)

    • George Zikos November 6, 2018 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      It is so good. Thank you for the kind words. Glad you enjoy it!

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