Algerian Chicken with Coriander and Kalamata Olives, Djedj bi Elqasbour


The weekend has arrived so fast, and I’m in my kitchen busy preparing special dishes for my friends and family for Ramadan. Yesterday I prepared this Algerian Roasted Chicken with Coriander and Kalamata Olives. It’s a flavorful and tasty combination. The chicken is tender and aromatic with the addition of coriander (one of my favorite herbs). The Saffron brings a delicious flavor and a nice color to this simple dish. We really enjoy this recipe in my family (with Arabic homemade bread on the side of course), and hopefully so will you!

Ready for Fiesta Friday #124. Thank you to our wonderful host Angie, big thanks to  Lindy @ Love in the Kitchen and Liz @ spades, spatulas & spoons  for co-hosting this week’s Party!

In Arabic: Djedj means Chicken and Qasbour means Coriander

Serves: 6


  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 bouquet of coriander
  • 100g of kalamata olives (soaked in water)
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • 6 saffron threads
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Water
  • Lemon


  1. Rub the chicken thighs with olive oil, salt, black pepper and set aside.
  2. In a large deep pot add the olive oil, the garlic cloves and the sliced onion.
  3. Start to cook on a medium heat for 2/3 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken thighs, sprinkle the saffron threads and finally add the chopped coriander.
  5. Roast the chicken legs tights a few minutes then cover with water.
  6. Pour the olives on the top.
  7. Cook for about 30/45 minutes depending on the stove or until the chicken is very tender and the sauce becomes reduced.
  8. Remove from the heat and transfer the chicken to a serving dish.
  9. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and drizzle some lemon on the top.
  10. Enjoy!

Bonne dégustation, Saha Ftourkoum!

PS: Here are some popular chicken recipes served during Ramadan.

46 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s wonderful Linda, roasted chicken is one of lifes great pleasures and I love the addition of corriander and olives. A real Mediterranean flavor that I would love.

    1. Thank you so much Suzanne. It was a yummy and nice combination! I’m glad you like it! 🙂

  2. fivesc says:

    This looks and sounds great (although I’m not a big fan of olives). A fine accompaniment to white or brown rice

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi Linda! I saw your post on Fiesta Fridays! I love saffron but have never cooked with it before! I think this recipe gives me a reason to try!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle. I’m glad you like it. Saffron is aromatic and brings a rich flavors to your dish. Also great wish dessert. Happy FF! 🙂

  4. Chicken and olives and herbs – what a tasty looking dish! 🙂

    1. Many, many thanks Ronit. I’m so glad you like the kook of this! 🙂

  5. You simply cannot go wrong with this combination. Yum!

    1. Thank you so much Debbie! I agree with you! 🙂

  6. Lovely 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying your family time xx

    1. Thanks a lot Elaine. We really enjoyed it! 😀 Have a fab Sunday! xxx

      1. Thank you, and you xxx

  7. Hi Linda, I find coriander to be a very special herb too. Roasted chicken thighs with olives, coriander and hued with saffron, I can imagine the flavorful taste and the aroma in your kitchen! 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot Fae, you are always kind. It’s a wonder how herbs and saffron transform the taste of chicken. I’m glad you like it. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂

  8. Patty Nguyen says:

    What tasty flavors all in one dish, Linda. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Patty. It was yummy! 🙂

  9. Ahila says:

    Chicken cooked with olives and saffron. Sounds delicious.

    1. Thanks a lot Ahila. It was a very nice combination! 🙂

  10. Super delicious…i think i will make this for my son today:))

    1. Thanks a lot Shy. I’m glad you like it and do let me know how it urns out! 🙂

  11. Such a treat, sounds like a perfect dish to be shared with families and friends.

    1. Thank you Daniela. I agree with you, and nothing beats sharing a meal with friends & family! 🙂

  12. chef mimi says:

    Beautiful and tasty!

    1. Thank you Mimy! 🙂

  13. skd says:

    Mmmmm…..mmmmm……drool. …..can’t say more than that. I am ravenous. ….

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comment! 🙂

  14. Wonderful combination of spices and flavors! I adore both cilantro and saffron, add the brininess of olives…oh my!

    1. Thank you Liz, I’m glad you like it. Thank you for co-hosting this week FF! 🙂

  15. Karen says:

    Your roasted chicken looks absolutely delicious and I’m sure was a treat to enjoy when the sun went down.

    1. Thank you very much, Karen! 🙂

  16. This dish looks just as lovely as I am sure it’s flavorful. We eat a lot of chicken and I love picking up new recipes for it!

    1. Thank you Julie. The combination is very nice and I hope you will try this one! 🙂

  17. Coriander is a favorite as well as any chicken dish. Never cared for olives but I am sure I could find a good substitute 🙂

    1. Thanks Judi. I’m glad you like it. Have a great day! 🙂

  18. thatssojacob says:

    I’ll agree with the previous commenter and pass on the olives. BTW, haven’t seen you around in awhile…come, visit, have a read, and post a comment or two!

    1. Sorry for the late reply just a a little busy 😉 Thank you for your visit! 🙂

  19. Sophie33 says:

    I happen to have lots of fresh coriander in my garden & I love this tasty looking recipe a lot so this will be our dinner for this evening! Yummm! Cosy comforting lovely food! x

    1. Thank you Sophie. I love to make this simple dish and I’m a fan of coriander. You’re lucky to have a lot of fresh coriander in your garden. Do let me know how it turns out! 🙂 xx

  20. Nancy says:

    Great flavors in this dish, Linda… Nothing better than a delicious roasted chicken and the Mediterranean flare you’ve offered here looks fabulous!

    1. Thanks a lot Nancy, I’m glad you like it. The addition of coriander before and after cooking bring a nice texture and flavors to this simple recipe! 🙂

  21. Looks great, and I love olives too ☺

    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment! 🙂

  22. chefkreso says:

    Just stumbled upon this recipe, looks very delicious!

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