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Mediterranean Chicken Tagine: A Moroccan Countryside Dish

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Rich with the flavors of the Mediterranean, this Chicken Tagine quickly became a family favorite with recipes passed down from family to family. Utterly delicious with warm curry flavors, it’s an easy meal made with pantry staples yet redolent of the slow-cooked tagines of the Moroccan countryside.

Side view of Moroccan Chicken in a clay tagine

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What is Chicken Tagine?

Chicken tagine is a traditional Moroccan dish of chicken braised with spices, garlic, and onion. Recipes vary from family to family and while they are often slow cooked, this recipe has been tweaked to fit a busy weeknight.

The term “tagine” refers to the shallow clay pot with a cone-shaped lid it is often cooked in. And if you have access to one, it’s fun to make make this reicpe in one. But if can also be cooked in a large cast-iron braiser or covered Dutch oven.

How to Serve Chicken Tagine

This chicken tagine is a delicious warm and cozy comfort food dish I love to serve in a clay tagine, but truly, it’s just as tasty served straight from the skillet.

It’s delicious garnished with freshly chopped cilantro and served over Mediterranean Couscous, rice, or your favorite grain.

Chicken Tagine Ingredients

You can find ingredient measurements in the recipe card below, but here is a list of the ingredients you will need:

  • Olive oil, I prefer extra virgin
  • Chicken thighs: bone-in with or without skin
  • Aromatics: red onion, bell pepper, and garlic
  • Seasonings: curry powder, ground cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric
  • Canned tomato sauce
  • Canned chickpeas
  • Golden raisins and slivered almonds for texture
  • Brown sugar to balance and enhance the flavors
  • Cornstarch for thickening
  • Fresh cilantro for serving

How to Make Chicken Tagine

Step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card below, but here is a brief overview of how to cook this easy chicken tagine.

  1. Combine the spice mixture in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute chicken in olive oil until browned. Remove to a platter and pour off all but a bit the fat.
  3. Saute onion, pepper and garlic in the skillet until soft, then add the spices and continue to cook for 1 minute more.
  4. Stir in the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Return chicken to the skillet, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in raisins and chickpeas, and cook for another 10 minutes. Stir in almonds and serve over couscous or grains.
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Side view of Moroccan Chicken in a clay tagine

A Moroccan Countryside Mediterranean Chicken Tagine

Rich with the flavors of the Mediterranean, this Chicken Tagine quickly became a family favorite with recipes passed down from family to family. Utterly delicious with warm curry flavors, it's an easy meal made with pantry staples yet redolent of the slow-cooked tagines of the Moroccan countryside.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • 6 large chicken thighs bone in
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 large green pepper sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 8-ounce canned tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 14-ounce canned chickpeas rinsed and drained

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine spice mixture and set aside: curry, cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, saute bone-in, skinless chicken thighs in olive oil until browned. Remove the thighs to a platter and pour off all but a teaspoon or so of the fat.
  • Saute sliced onion, green pepper and garlic in the skillet until soft – about 5 minutes. Add spices and continue to cook for one minute. Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil.
  • Add chicken back into the skillet. Cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Then stir in raisins and chickpeas. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Just before serving, stir in the almonds and garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve over Mediterranean couscous, rice, or your favorite grain.

Notes

How to Serve Chicken Tagine

Serve Chicken Tagine over Mediterranean Couscous, rice, or your favorite grain.

Nutrition

Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 440mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: chicken tagine, chicken curry, Moroccan chicken
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