Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Caramelized Pears


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 8 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 28 mins
6 servings


  • 7 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 bay leaves, crushed

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger root, peeled and minced

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 pears, cored and sliced

  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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 (per serving)

533 Calories
36g Fat
20g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 533
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 509mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 416mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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