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Easy Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Easy Moroccan Chicken Tagine with apricots, a delicious meal that is ready in only 30 minutes. It has a great range of flavours and textures, and it’s superbly hearty and filling. Serve it with couscous for the best exotic experience.

Overhead shoot of a pot with moroccan chicken tagine

I’ve always been opened to the idea of trying out different dishes from around the world. Different spices bring different flavours, and there is no way I could ever choose one single cuisine I like best.

If the food is yummy, that’s all I care about. And while I’m already in love with the Asian food, I haven’t had the chance to explore more of the African delicacies.

The Morrocan food is a symphony of flavours and textures, and this chicken tagine is the perfect example of how beautifully different ingredients are mixed together to create unique dishes.

There are two basic ingredients that make all the difference in this recipe: cinnamon and cumin. Sweetness, and heat are brought together in one magnificent recipe.

What is a tagine?

Tagine is a traditional Morrocan dish named after the pot it’s cooked in. It’s a spiced meat and veggie stew, incredibly flavourful and colouful too.

Chicken is a popular choice, but you can use lamb, beef, or any other meat you like. I prefer chicken, since it’s delicious, and also super easy to cook.

Overhead shoot of a white plate with couscous and moroccan chicken tagine

And there are a whole range of textures too: you have tender chicken breast, mushrooms, peppers, aubergine, dried apricots, all cooked together to create a rich stew that is filling, and super healthy.

I just love how easy to make this dish is, you have a super delicious dinner on your table in just 30 minutes.

How do you make Moroccan chicken tagine?

The prep is minimal, and you don’t need to worry much about it. While the recipe is not authentic, it surely is super delicious.

You can add more spices if you wish, but I prefer keeping it simple. Less is more, that’s for sure.

  • peel and chop the onion and garlic, and gently fry in a tablespoon of oil
  • add the chicken pieces and sear, then add the cinnamon sticks, cumin, ground coriander and cayenne pepper
  • sprinkle over the flour and give it a good stir
  • add the aubergine, pepper, mushrooms, pour over the chicken stock, and leave to cook until the veggies are tender
  • throw in the dried apricots, tomato puree, season with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh coriander or parsley

And that’s your tagine done! If you like a not of more of a chilli kick, feel free to add a red chilli pepper in too, or any dried chilli powder.

Collage of 4 photos to show how to make moroccan chicken tagine

What do you serve with chicken tagine?

Couscous is hugely popular in Morocco, and it can be as plain or flavourful as you wish. And it’s so easy to cook it.

I usually go for plain couscous if I serve it with a nice and flavourful dish like this Moroccan chicken tagine.

And all it takes is adding boiling water to it, cover the pan with a lid, and leave the couscous absord the water until it’s fluffy.

But you can always go for other sides too, rice, bulgur wheat, pear barley, are just a few of other great choices.

If you want to make the dish even more filling, you can add a handful of chickpeas to it, and you can just enjoy it by itself without any sides.

Close-up shoot of a pot of morrocan chicken tagine garnished with parsley

What other dried fruit can be added to the tagine?

Dried apricots are my favourite, their sweetness contrasts beautifully with the earthy spices. But other popular choice are raisins, dates or prunes.

Can I freeze the chicken tagine?

Absolutely, the dish can safely be frozen.

I would not freeze it with couscous though, it’s too easy and quickly to make some fresh couscous just before having your meal.

A white plate of couscous and chicken tagine

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Overhead shoot of a pan with chicken tagine
Easy Moroccan Chicken Tagine
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Easy Moroccan Chicken Tagine with apricots, a delicious meal that is ready in only 30 minutes. It has a great range of flavours and textures, and it's superbly hearty and filling. Serve it with couscous for the best exotic experience.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Moroccan
Keyword: chicken stew
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 359 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 aubergine (eggplant)
  • 1 pepper (any colour)
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • fresh parsley or coriander (cilantro) to garnish
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
Instructions
  1. Heat up the oil in a pan, then add the chopped onion and garlic, and fry gently until the onion softens.

  2. Cut the chicken breasts into pieces, and add them to the pan.

  3. Cook for about 5 minutes until the chicken is seared, then add the cinnamon sticks, cumin, ground coriander and cayenne pepper.

  4. Sprinkle the flour over, stir well, and leave to cook for one minute.

  5. Chop the aubergine, peppers and mushrooms, add them to the pan together with the chicken stock.

  6. Leave to cook for 15-20 minutes until the veggies are tender.

  7. Season with salt, add the tomato puree and dried apricots, and garnish with parsley.

  8. Turn off the heat and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

  9. Serve with couscous or any other side of your choice.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Moroccan Chicken Tagine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 625mg 26%
Potassium 1324mg 38%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 16g
Protein 41g 82%
Vitamin A 14.6%
Vitamin C 10.5%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 12.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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