Chicken cooked in a tagine is always meltingly tender. Adding sweet, caramelized pears at the end makes this Moroccan dish irresistible.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 8 mins
1 hr 28 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook onions until softened and browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer onions into a tagine. Layer chicken pieces on top of onions.

  • Combine turmeric, cumin, ground coriander, and salt in a small bowl; mix well with remaining 5 tablespoons olive oil. Spread spice mixture onto the chicken pieces. Add cinnamon pieces, bay leaves, ginger, and cilantro. Pour in 1/2 cup of water and cover tagine with a lid.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 50 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  • Melt butter in a skillet over low heat while chicken is cooking. Add sliced pears and honey and cook, while stirring, until honey has caramelized.

  • Remove tagine from the oven and stir in caramelized pears. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Use a heavy-bottomed ceramic or cast iron casserole if you don't have a tagine.

Nutrition Facts

533 calories; protein 32.6g 65% DV; carbohydrates 19.8g 6% DV; fat 36g 55% DV; cholesterol 109.8mg 37% DV; sodium 508.7mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
Turned out excellent and served it over couscous...will make it agaIn adding some raisins... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I've made this twice now using my clay cooker not an actual Tagine. And it turned out beautifully delicious! Loved the cilantro as a pot herb chicken is tender and the dish is very tasty and different. It will be a future favorite. I did not change a thing (except I used 4 skinless chicken thighs both times!) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I sliced the pears too thin otherwise very tasty! My husband loved it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great recipe!! Very good family enjoyed it! Used my tangine. Variations due to time available for prep and chicken available in my freezer at the time. I seasoned overnight and I used boneless skinless chicken thighs Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great recipe. Used half and half and regular onions- all I had. Served over egg noodles. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I loved it. I cannot say how impressed I was with this recipe. When it came to placing the caramelized pears into the pot I also added the resulting juices. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Such a lovely and simple dish. I only had ground chicken and chicken thighs available but it turned out so will. This needs to be on couscous and maybe plums or raisins added next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Cooked it in a tangene and served at our latest dinner party with couscous. Delish! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Absolutely delicious and very easy to make. Thank you!! Read More