Fig and Lemon Chicken Recipe: An Egyptian Culinary Delight

Fig and Lemon Chicken

Fig and Lemon Chicken Recipe: An Egyptian Culinary Delight
Region / culture: Egypt | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 50 minutes | Servings: 6


Fig and Lemon Chicken
Fig and Lemon Chicken

Fig and Lemon Chicken is a delicious and flavorful dish that combines the sweetness of dried figs with the tanginess of lemons to create a unique and satisfying meal.


This recipe is inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, where figs and lemons are commonly used in savory dishes to add depth of flavor and complexity.


How to prepare

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Squeeze the juice from a halved lemon into a small bowl, then stir in brown sugar, vinegar, and water. Set aside.
  3. Place figs and sliced lemon segments in the bottom of an 11x16-inch baking/roasting dish.
  4. Arrange the chicken thighs on top of the figs and lemon slices.
  5. Pour the vinegar mixture over the chicken.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and dried parsley to taste.
  7. Bake/roast at 400°F (200°C) for 50 minutes, basting frequently. Turn the figs if they begin to brown.
  8. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chicken, figs, and lemon slices from the baking dish and place them on a warm platter.
  9. Skim the fat from the cooking juices, then pour the juices over the chicken as a sauce.
  10. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.


  • Try using fresh figs instead of dried figs for a different texture and flavor.
  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cumin for a warm and spicy kick.
  • Substitute chicken breasts for chicken thighs for a leaner option.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to baste the chicken frequently while it is cooking to ensure that it stays moist and flavorful.

- Turning the figs halfway through cooking will help them caramelize evenly.

- Skimming the fat from the cooking juices before serving will result in a lighter and more refined sauce.

Serving Suggestions

Fig and Lemon Chicken pairs well with a side of couscous or quinoa and a simple green salad.

Cooking Techniques

This recipe uses a simple roasting technique to cook the chicken and figs, resulting in tender and juicy meat with caramelized figs.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have dried figs, you can use fresh figs or even prunes as a substitute. You can also use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the Fig and Lemon Chicken up to a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Simply reheat in the oven before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Fig and Lemon Chicken on a large platter garnished with fresh parsley and lemon slices for a beautiful and appetizing presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Fig and Lemon Chicken pairs well with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or a light red wine such as Pinot Noir.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (180°C) until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Fig and Lemon Chicken contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of Fig and Lemon Chicken contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Fig and Lemon Chicken contains approximately 12 grams of fat.


Each serving of Fig and Lemon Chicken contains approximately 25 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Fig and Lemon Chicken is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and iron.


This recipe contains no common allergens such as nuts, dairy, or gluten.


Fig and Lemon Chicken is a well-balanced meal that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, as well as essential vitamins and minerals.


Fig and Lemon Chicken is a delicious and nutritious dish that is perfect for a special dinner or a casual weeknight meal. With its unique combination of flavors and textures, it is sure to become a new favorite in your recipe repertoire.

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of finding this recipe for the first time brings a smile to my face. It was a warm summer day, the kind where the sun is shining brightly and the birds are chirping merrily. I had been rummaging through my recipe box, searching for something new and exciting to try out in the kitchen. That's when I stumbled upon a faded, yellowed index card with the words "Fig and Lemon Chicken" scrawled across it in elegant cursive.

I couldn't remember where I had gotten the recipe from, but something about it intrigued me. The combination of sweet figs and tangy lemons sounded like a match made in culinary heaven. I decided then and there that I had to give it a try.

As I gathered the ingredients and began to prepare the dish, memories of past cooking adventures flooded my mind. I remembered my mother teaching me how to make her famous meatloaf, and my grandmother showing me the secret to her perfectly flaky pie crust. Each recipe was like a piece of family history, passed down from generation to generation.

But this recipe was different. It was a mystery, a tantalizing puzzle waiting to be solved. As I chopped the figs and squeezed the lemons, I couldn't help but wonder who had first created this delectable dish. What inspired them to combine these seemingly disparate ingredients? And how had it stood the test of time, finding its way into my hands all these years later?

The scent of roasting chicken filled the air, mingling with the citrusy aroma of fresh lemons. I could hardly contain my excitement as I waited for the dish to finish cooking. Finally, the timer dinged, and I pulled the Fig and Lemon Chicken out of the oven, the golden skin glistening in the light.

I took a bite, savoring the explosion of flavors in my mouth. The sweetness of the figs complemented the tartness of the lemons perfectly, creating a harmony that danced on my taste buds. I closed my eyes and let out a sigh of contentment, feeling a sense of pride at having unlocked the secrets of this mysterious recipe.

From that day on, Fig and Lemon Chicken became a staple in my culinary repertoire. I made it for family gatherings, potlucks, and special occasions, delighting everyone who had the pleasure of tasting it. And each time I prepared the dish, I couldn't help but think of the journey that had brought me to this moment – the journey of discovering a hidden gem in my recipe box, waiting to be uncovered and shared with the world.

As I sit here now, surrounded by the comforting aromas of the kitchen and the memories of recipes past, I am grateful for the culinary adventures that have shaped me into the cook I am today. And I know that as long as I have my trusty recipe box by my side, filled with treasures like Fig and Lemon Chicken, I will continue to create delicious dishes that bring joy and nourishment to all who taste them.


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