Moroccan chicken with saffron honey

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By: Diana Henry From: Market Kitchen

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.40 / 5 (122 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
1 hr

Cinnamon, coriander and orange flower water impart exotic North African flavours to Diana Henry's casseroled chicken


1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy-based pan. Season the chicken pieces and quickly brown them on all sides. Set the chicken aside and cook the onion in the same pan until soft and just colouring. Stir in the garlic, cinnamon and ginger, cooking for about a minute. Tip in the tomatoes, mix everything together well, turn down the heat, and cook for a further 15 minutes, stirring from time to time.

2. Boil the water or stock and dissolve the saffron in it. Pour this over the vegetables and bring the whole thing up to the boil. Set the chicken pieces on top, together with any juices that have leached out of them, and spoon the liquid over them. Turn down to a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the chicken is tender - it should take about 30 minutes but check after 25 minutes.

3. Remove the chicken pieces, set them aside, cover and keep warm. Now bring the juices to the boil and simmer until well reduced to a kind of 'cream' - it shouldn't be at all sloppy. Add the honey and continue to cook until well reduced and jam-like. Check the seasoning and add the orange flower water. Put the chicken pieces back and warm them through in the sauce.

4. Serve with a sprinkling of toasted almonds and chopped coriander on top and couscous or flat bread on the side.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 X 1.7 KG chicken, jointed into 8 pieces
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 800 g tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 275 ml chicken stock or water
  • 1/2 tsp strands saffron
  • 75 ml (5 tbsp) honey
  • 1 tsp orange flower water
  • 25 g blanched flaked almonds, toasted
  • small bunch coriander, roughly chopped
  • couscous or flatbreads, to serve

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Very interesting flavours & my family totally loved the dish! I added carrots, zucchini and potatoes. I tried it with and without honey. Personally, I liked the sauce with honey better Smile

BluLad BluLad  Posted 17 Oct 2012 11:30 PM

I left the honey out because it was sweet enough without - lovely sauce!

brrm brrm brrm brrm  Posted 27 May 2012 11:47 PM

This has become a firm favourite in our house.....have also made it for a few dinner parties and it's always gone down well. I do tend to add a few veggies into the mix.....courgettes,par boiled potatoes and some carrots which makes it go a lot further and equally delish

LynelleP37272 LynelleP37272  Posted 03 Feb 2012 12:54 PM


Jasealderson Jasealderson Posted 12 Jan 2012 8:57 PM

Very lovely variety of chicken, although my man doesn´t like sweet taste of meat, I added a pinch of chilli and it was absolutely good idea :-)

ZoraS59480 ZoraS59480 Posted 26 Oct 2011 6:32 PM

I made this dish for dinner tonight and came up very nice and tasty. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Claudia 1982 Claudia 1982 Posted 25 Oct 2011 10:22 PM

Love this recipe - delicious! Couldn't find orange flower water, but squeezed half a fresh orange into it and worked out Fab. My kids loved it too!

MichaelJ88540 MichaelJ88540 Posted 11 Oct 2011 10:35 PM

i like i'd leave out almonds due to personal choice keep a little ginger for light spice and warmth

nicoleR8570 nicoleR8570 Posted 20 May 2011 6:46 PM

Hi Marram, orange flower water is usually available in the baking section of larger supermarkets. If your supermarket doesn't have it, you can also buy it online.

Celia Good Food Celia Good Food Posted 28 Jan 2011 9:33 AM

Well done "elaineS58627"(It is now Jan. 2011) I did the same. Where the heck do you obtain, "Orange flower water"? I've inquired and receive a response of "blank face"? So ... "Diana Henry" where does one obtain it from?

Marram Marram Posted 27 Jan 2011 9:37 PM

Delicious! I used a little vanilla extract instead of orange flower water after searching the net for an alternative. Served with Merrilees Parker's harrisa cous cous it benefits from a little heat and is wonderful!!

elaineS58627 elaineS58627 Posted 11 Apr 2009 7:30 PM

Amazing!! Instantly one of my favorite recipes!!! Takes a while to complete, but it's totally worth it. Impressed guests and husband Smile

4EJG 4EJG Posted 09 May 2008 5:25 PM