Chicken Citron Recipe - A Delicious Moroccan Dish

Chicken Citron

Chicken Citron Recipe - A Delicious Moroccan Dish
Region / culture: Morocco | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes | Servings: 4


Chicken Citron
Chicken Citron

Chicken Citron is a flavorful and aromatic dish that combines tender chicken with zesty citrus flavors. This recipe is perfect for a special dinner or a casual weeknight meal.


Chicken Citron has its roots in North African cuisine, where the combination of citrus fruits and spices is a common flavor profile. This dish has been adapted and enjoyed in many different cultures around the world.


How to prepare

  1. First, combine the herbs and lemon zest in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients together and add the chicken, ensuring each piece is evenly coated with the seasoning.
  3. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat the grill to high heat and place the chicken underneath.
  5. After 5 minutes, reduce the heat to medium and flip the chicken every 2 minutes.
  6. Continue cooking for approximately 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  7. Reduce the heat to low and let the chicken rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Serve hot with salad or couscous.


  • For a spicier version, increase the amount of chili flakes or add a dash of hot sauce.
  • Add chopped olives or preserved lemons for a tangy twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to marinate the chicken for at least a few hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to fully develop.

- Use fresh herbs for the best flavor, but dried herbs can be substituted if necessary.

- Adjust the amount of chili flakes to suit your spice preference.

- Be sure to let the chicken rest after cooking to allow the juices to redistribute and keep the meat moist.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Chicken Citron with a side of couscous or a fresh green salad for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

Grilling the chicken adds a delicious smoky flavor, but you can also bake or pan-fry the chicken if desired.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have saffron, you can omit it or substitute with a pinch of turmeric for color.

- Any citrus fruit can be used in place of lemons, such as oranges or limes.

Make Ahead Tips

Marinate the chicken the night before to save time on the day of cooking.

Presentation Ideas

Garnish the dish with fresh herbs and lemon slices for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Chicken Citron with a crisp white wine or a refreshing mint tea.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

250 per serving


3g per serving


12g per serving


25g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

This dish is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron.


This recipe contains garlic and may not be suitable for those with garlic allergies.


Chicken Citron is a balanced dish that provides a good mix of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals.


Chicken Citron is a delicious and aromatic dish that is sure to impress your family and friends. With a perfect balance of flavors and nutrients, this recipe is a must-try for any food lover.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still recall the sense of amazement I felt when I first saw this recipe for Chicken Citron. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my friend Marguerite in her quaint little cottage by the sea. Marguerite was a renowned chef in our small coastal town, and she had invited me over for a cooking lesson.

As we stood in her sunny kitchen, surrounded by the aroma of fresh herbs and spices, Marguerite pulled out a tattered old cookbook from her collection. She flipped through the pages with a smile on her face, her eyes lighting up as she came across the recipe for Chicken Citron.

"This is a family recipe that has been passed down for generations," Marguerite explained, her voice filled with pride. "It's a dish that never fails to impress, and I'm excited to share it with you today."

I watched in awe as Marguerite gathered the ingredients and began to prepare the dish. She moved with such grace and confidence, her hands working deftly as she seasoned the chicken with a blend of herbs and spices, and squeezed fresh lemon juice over the top.

As the chicken sizzled in the pan, filling the kitchen with its mouthwatering aroma, Marguerite shared the story behind the recipe. She told me how her great-grandmother had learned to make Chicken Citron from a traveling chef who had passed through their village many years ago.

According to Marguerite, the chef had blended traditional French techniques with exotic spices from the Far East, creating a unique and flavorful dish that had become a family favorite. Over the years, the recipe had been tweaked and perfected, with each generation adding their own twist to make it truly their own.

As the chicken finished cooking, Marguerite plated it up with a side of fragrant jasmine rice and a sprinkling of fresh herbs. The dish looked absolutely stunning, the golden chicken glistening in the sunlight that streamed in through the window.

I eagerly took my first bite, and my taste buds exploded with flavor. The chicken was tender and juicy, with a perfect balance of tangy lemon and aromatic spices. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted before, and I couldn't believe that such a simple dish could be so incredibly delicious.

From that day on, Chicken Citron became a staple in my own kitchen. I would make it for special occasions, impressing friends and family with its exotic flavors and rich history. And every time I cooked it, I would think back to that sunny afternoon in Marguerite's kitchen, where I had first learned the magic of this incredible recipe.

Now, as I stand in my own kitchen, preparing Chicken Citron for my grandchildren, I can't help but feel grateful for the culinary journey that led me to this moment. The memories of my time with Marguerite, and the legacy of her family recipe, will always hold a special place in my heart. And as my grandchildren take their first bite of this delicious dish, I hope that they too will feel the same sense of wonder and amazement that I did all those years ago.


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