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Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Chef Kelly

"Sweet and savory stewed chicken with dried fruits and exotic spices. Serve this on top of couscous and top with toasted almonds and fresh cilantro. Children love the familiarity of the 'sweet' spices and dried fruits."
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2 h 6 m servings 371 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Mix cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, coriander, ginger, mint, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Measure out 1/2 cup spice mix and set the remaining aside for another use.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil; add apricots and raisins. Cook until fruit is soft, about 5 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water.
  3. Pour enough olive oil into a large skillet or Dutch oven to coat the bottom; turn heat to medium. Coat chicken with the 1/2 cup spice mix and place in the hot oil; cook until golden brown and releases easily from the skillet, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  4. Mix onion and garlic into skillet with chicken; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add apricots, raisins, reserved 1/2 cup water from fruit, chicken broth, and honey; reduce heat to low and cover. Cook until chicken is very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  5. Serve chicken garnished with cilantro and almonds.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Bone-in chicken breasts or chicken legs can be used in place of the thighs.
  • For a lighter version use boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenders. Be careful when browning, as they have a tendency to stick to the pan. You may also skip the browning and add the chicken after you saute the garlic and onions. Also, if making this version cut the cooking time in half (45 minutes to 1 hour).
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of Moroccan spice mix. The actual amount of spice mix consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 371 calories; 20.4 g fat; 35.8 g carbohydrates; 15.4 g protein; 44 mg cholesterol; 1375 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Such a great recipe. I caramelized the onions for about 30 minutes before browning the chicken for a richer flavor, added half the honey, and used parsley instead of cilantro. A major crowd-plea...