Chicken tagine


This warming chicken tagine recipe is full of sweet, tangy and fragrant ingredients, with mellow spices lending a heady, aromatic flavour. A delicious midweek meal that can be made from various store cupboard ingredients.

First published in 2018




Chicken tagine



Heat a splash of oil in a heavy bottomed pan or tagine and add the onion, garlic, ras el hanout and cinnamon stick
Once the onions are soft but not coloured, stir in the harissa paste and cook for one minute. Add the diced chicken thighs and cook until browned on all sides
Quarter the preserved lemons and scrape out the flesh. Discard half of the flesh, then finely slice the peel
Once the chicken looks sealed on all sides, add the preserved lemon peel and flesh, tinned tomatoes, chickpeas, olives and apricots and simmer for 30–40 minutes. Add a little vegetable stock or water if it starts to dry out
Meanwhile, make the couscous. Heat your chicken stock until hot but not boiling and place the couscous in a separate bowl. Pour over the hot stock, cover with a lid and leave for 10 minutes
Chop the coriander and mint and fold it through the couscous along with the pomegranate seeds. Use a fork to fluff up the couscous
Toast the flaked almonds in a hot dry pan until lightly golden
Check the chicken is cooked through by piercing with a knife or skewer, if it comes out very hot it is ready to serve. Season with salt and pepper
Serve the tagine with the herby couscous and garnish with fresh coriander, parsley and toasted almonds

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