Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Olives, and Artichokes

Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Olives, and Artichokes

This tangy recipe uses both lemon rind and juice. Be sure to zest the lemon before cutting and juicing it.

Cooking Light MAY 2009

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs, 2/3 cup artichoke mixture, and 1/2 cup couscous)


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 bone-in chicken thighs (about 3 pounds), skinned
  • 7 cups water, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 12 baby artichokes
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • 6 cilantro sprigs (optional)
  • 3 cups hot cooked couscous


1. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken thighs to pan; sauté 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Add 3 cups water, onion, and next 7 ingredients (through garlic) to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes.

2. Combine remaining 4 cups water and 1/4 cup juice. Cut off stem of each artichoke to within 1 inch of base; peel stem. Remove bottom leaves and tough outer leaves, leaving tender heart and bottom. Cut each artichoke in half lengthwise; place in lemon water.

3. Drain artichokes; pat dry. Add artichokes, remaining 6 tablespoons juice, and rind to chicken mixture. Cover and cook 20 minutes or until artichokes are tender. Remove chicken and artichokes with a slotted spoon.

4. Bring liquid to a boil; cook, uncovered, until reduced by half (about 15 minutes). Return chicken and artichokes to pan, and stir in kalamata olives. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired. Serve with couscous.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 429
  • Fat: 15.2g
  • Saturated fat: 2.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 8.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.6g
  • Protein: 35.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 39.6g
  • Fiber: 9.2g
  • Cholesterol: 115mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Sodium: 810mg
  • Calcium: 104mg

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