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An easy slow cooker Moroccan chicken meal that is naturally gluten-free and Whole 30 compliant plus full of rich North African flavors. Recipe by Dash of Jazz

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Flavorful chicken and potatoes, seasoned in the style of Moroccan tagine and made easily in a slow cooker

Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine African, American
Keyword chicken tagine, harissa chicken, slow cooker dinner, spicy chicken dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • ½ white onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 8 potatoes quartered
  • 2 preserved lemon or other citrus peels only, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 3 cups chicken broth or water with 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 6 tablespoons Harissa paste I used the spicy variety
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint chopped or torn
  • black pepper to taste
  • sea salt to taste
  • olive oil


  1. Cook down onions and garlic with some olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken thighs with sea salt and black pepper then add to pan (in batches, if necessary) and lightly brown both sides. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, mix parsley, cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon in a bowl. In the crock of your crock pot, layer 4 chicken thighs with half the garlic and onions, half the dry spice mix, 3 tablespoons Harissa paste, half the potatoes, then half the preserved citrus. Mix to coat everything well then repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Add chicken broth or water then cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint and serve.