Djaj Mqalli - Chicken with Lemons and Olives

Course : Chicken
Serves: 4
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1 Cup diced onion
12 teaspoon ginger
14 teaspoon saffron
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup oil
2 cups warm water
3 1/2 pound chicken -- cut-up
1 bunch cilantro -- minced
2 pieces chicken liver -- optional
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
1 cup Kalamata olives
1 medium pickled lemon -- cut in strips

Preparation / Directions:

Mix onion, ginger, saffron, garlic, salt, oil and water in skillet. Stir until creamy. Bring to boil. Add chicken pieces, cilantro and liver. Cover skillet and cook over medium-high heat 45 to 50 minutes. When liver is done, remove from skillet and mash, then set aside. Check dish as it cooks, and add hot water as needed. When chicken is done, remove pieces to serving dish. Skim fat from cooking liquid and reduce; if necessary. Add liver. Taste and add lemon juice, if desired. Pour contents of pan over chicken. Garnish with olives and lemon.

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