Casablanca Chicken

By September 15, 2012

Submitted by Darlene P.

moroccan chicken lemon olives 5 Casablanca Chicken

This recipe has wonderful flavors from Morocco.  Takes about 10-15 minutes to prepare and ten minutes in the pressure cooker.  My husband often requests this meal.


  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds of “boneless” Chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube or 1 tsp bouillon granules
  • 1 small can of sliced Calamata (black) Olives
  • (1 medium Lemon sliced for decoration)



  • Make the White Rice in your Instant-Pot Pressure Cooker or Rice maker according to directions.  If you have both, the recipe be ready quicker
  • While the Rice is cooking:
  • Mix Cilantro, paprika, cumin, salt, tumeric, ginger and garlic in food processor.
  • Rub the cilantro mixture on both sides of chicken pieces.
  • When the rice is done, Remove the rice  from the Instant-Pot Pressure Cooker, cover and set aside.
  • Put the chicken in the Pressure Cooker.
  • Mix the water, lemon juice and bouillon and pour it over the chicken.  Toss in some black olives.
  • Instead of the normal oven baking time of 60 minutes, Cook this in your Instant-Pot for 10 minutes!
  • Serve over white or yellow rice or couscous.   Top this with a lemon twist and a fresh sprig of Cilantro.

While this cooks, heat up your favorite vegetable side dish and dinner roll. Layer rice with chicken over top, and spoon on gravy. Enjoy, you will make this one again!

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7 Responses to “Casablanca Chicken”

  1. Susie says:

    Are you keeping the skin on the chicken???? Sounds Delicious. I may try to use with Ras El Hanout seasoning.


    Terqesa Graham Reply:

    I ise skinless breasts. I imagine it works wonderfully both ways.


  2. Scott Smith says:

    Is there enough liquid in this recipe? It seems like if is less than the required minimum, but folks have have such success. Thoughts?


    Teresa Graham Reply:

    I did not have a problem. The Instant Pot has very minimal water loss. I find some recipes call for too much water.


  3. Teresa Graham says:

    I have made it lots. The only change I made, is after I rub the spices into the chicken, I brown the chicken on the saute setting before proceeding with the recipe. Delicious, intensified flavour!


  4. Stephanie Luna says:

    This was the first recipe to try in my new Instant Pot. It was an instant success! Am amazed at the flavor and juiciness of the meat. Definitely a new go-to recipe!


  5. sounds wonderful….I will try this for sure and let you know!


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