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Chicken tagine

Recipe from: January 2012

Ingredients 22
Time 00:20
  • 1
    medium onion - sliced
  • 20
    olive oil, plus extra
  • 500
    free range chicken fillet - cut into cubes 4 cm cubes
  • 4
    cloves of garlic
  • 2
    fresh ginger
  • 3
    harissa paste or 2 large red chillies - chopped
  • 2
    cinnamon sticks
  • 1
    saffron - soaked in 1/3 cup water
  • 2
  • 2
    ground cumin
  • 4
    cardamom pods - bashed
  • 1
    paprika (hot or sweet)
  • 1
    ground coriander
  • 1/2
    ground cinnamon
  • 250
    chicken stock
  • 2
    x 410 g chopped, peeled tomatoes
  • 4
    medium carrots - chopped
  • 1
  • 125
    dried apricot halves
  • 2
    slices preserved lemon - chopped finely
  • Salt - to taste
  • Honey - to serve


Heat a large (wide and deep) oven and stove proof saucepan on medium, add oil and fry onions and cinnamon sticks till onions just start to brown.

In an pestle and mortar pound the ginger, garlic, chilli/harissa till smooth. Add a bit of salt to aid break down.

Add to the chicken, coat well and add to pot.

Brown chicken on all sides. Turn heat up a little if you have to and add a little more oil.

Once browned, sprinkle with a little salt

Lower heat to medium and add the rest of the spices, including the soaked saffron. Stir well to mix.

Add the chicken stock and cook for 5 minutes or so.

Add tomatoes, carrots, sugar and more salt. Taste and adjust.

Allow to cook for 10-12 minutes. Heat the oven to 180°C in meanwhile.

Remove pot from heat on stove. Carefully cover with heavy duty foil and seal well. Make a small gash in the centre with a sharp knife.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Remove from oven. Add apricots and lemons and bake for further 25 -30 minutes.

The apricots will mellow and add a tangy profile to the dish, the lemons will relax and become aromatic.

Add a generous swirl of honey, mix well and serve over couscous with pomegranate studded yoghurt or mint and cucumber salad.

Reprinted with permission of The Food and the Fabulous.
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