Chicken tagine is a classic Moroccan dish made in a special pot called a tagine and usually features preserved lemons and olives. This recipe uses lots of the warm spices and harissa that are authentic to Morocco, but it is cooked in a skillet. The substitution of fresh lemons makes this practical for a weeknight without a trip to the market or online.
Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the oil to a large pan and heat over medium-high. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, skin-side down, and cook until the skins are brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate.
Add the onions, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, ginger and turmeric and cook just until the onions start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the lemon slices, lemon juice, harissa, chicken broth and olives, then stir to combine. Nestle the chicken back into the pan, skin-side up.
Place in the oven, uncovered, and cook until the chicken is cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.
Season to taste. Scatter the cilantro and almonds over the top. Serve over the couscous.
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