Braised Chicken with Dates


Prep time: 35 Minutes

Total time: 50 Minutes

Yield: Serves 4



  • 1 whole chicken about 3 1/2 - 4 lbs, quartered
  • course salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 2 tablespoons peeled minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 ounces dates pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons halved, for serving


  1. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Place chicken in pot, skin side down and cook until browned and crisp, 5-6 minutes per side. Remove chicken from the pot and transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ginger, paprika and coriander and cook, stirring often, for another 2 minutes. Arrange chicken pieces evenly over onion mixture. Add 2 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until chicken is tender and cooked through, 40-45 minutes.
  3. Transfer chicken to a rimmed serving platter and increase heat to high. Boil cooking liquid until reduced by half, 12-15 minutes. Stir in cilantro and dates and season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over the chicken. Serve with lemon halves.
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