Moroccan-Inspired Chicken Thighs with Kumquats and Olives

This Moroccan-inspired chicken dish takes the sweet citrus flavor of kumquats and combines it with the bitter taste of olives to create a unique and delicious meal.
February 02, 2017


Bring enough water to cover kumquats to a boil. Add whole kumquats and boil for 30 seconds. Strain and let cool. Slice kumquats in half lengthwise removing seeds as needed. Set aside.

In a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium high. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to pan and brown on all sides, about 8-10 minutes total, basting with oil and juices as it cooks. Transfer to a plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat and return pot to heat.

Add onion and cook until it begins to soften, approximately 1 minute. Add garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add wine and cook, scraping up brown bits, until syrupy, 1 to 3 minutes. Add bay leaves and broth. Return chicken, skin side up, to the pan, and add kumquats and olives.

Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 20 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional 10 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.


  • 4 chicken thighs with skin.
  • 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced into ¼-inch pieces
  • 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 10-12 kumquats
  • 10-12 pitted green olives (Cerignola or Sicilian)
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