Chicken dish with onions and lemon

This dish of chicken with onions, olives, and lemon can be enjoyed either hot or cold. The recipe is quite straightforward and doesn’t involve any lengthy or intricate procedures. For free-range chicken, we suggest frying it over low heat for an extended time and incorporating a glass of beer during the cooking process. This will ensure that the chicken becomes tender and doesn’t end up being tough or dry. Naturally, you can substitute chicken with other types of poultry, such as duck or goose. We typically use boneless breast or thigh meat. If you prefer, you can also include chicken hearts and gizzards. For more chicken recipes click here.

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Chicken dish with onions and lemon

Chicken dish with onions and lemon

It is a traditional Romanian dish made with chicken, onions, lemon, and other spices. It is typically served with rice or potatoes.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Cuisine Romanian
Difficulty Medium


large pot
1 large pot



  • Wash the chicken meat thoroughly, cut it into bite-sized pieces of about 1cm, 1 1/2 cm and put it in a pot to fry for a few minutes. Leave it until it starts to brown. You can also add a glass of beer to make the meat even more tender. I recommend not putting a lid on the pot, as store-bought chicken releases a lot of water.
    Once the chicken is browned, remove it from the pot and set it aside in a bowl.
  • Peel, wash, and chop the onion into medium-sized pieces. Add the chopped onion to the pot from which you removed the chicken. Cook the onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it turns slightly golden. Avoid overcooking the onion. Add the tomato juice or tomato paste. If using tomato paste, add a cup of water for a juicier dish. Simmer the mixture for another 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    fried onion
  • Return the fried chicken to the pot with the onions. Stir gently to combine and cook for a few more minutes. Just before serving, add thinly sliced lemon and olives. A squeeze of lemon juice can also be added to individual servings. This dish can be enjoyed hot or cold.
    Bon appétit!
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