Butternut squash, chicken thighs, spinach, and spices are thrown together and cooked quickly and easily in an Instant Pot® in this Moroccan-inspired chicken tagine.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir 2 tablespoons oil, 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, cinnamon, cumin, paprika, coriander, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper together in a small bowl to form a paste. Toss 1 tablespoon paste with chicken in a medium bowl.

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  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Heat remaining oil until shimmering, about 1 minute. Add onion and 1 teaspoon kosher salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes.

  • Stir in remaining spice paste, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in water, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom using a wooden spoon. Add butternut squash, tomatoes with their juices, and chicken; stir to combine, then distribute mixture in an even layer. Close and lock the lid and move the pressure valve to sealing. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 3 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  • Stir spinach into the pot and cover without locking the lid into place. Let stand until spinach wilts, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and zest; taste, and season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

296 calories; protein 21.5g; carbohydrates 13.1g; fat 17.4g; cholesterol 70mg; sodium 1343.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2020
I usually don't like cinnamon with meat. Since all these spices have healing qualities, I made as written. The flavors were wonderful. My chicken thighs had the bones in them and I took off their skin. I question the amount of pressure cooking at 3 minutes. I compared instapot cooking times for chicken thighs and decided on 11 minutes. I worked all the other times and pressure cooking instructions from this recipe. My chicken was done but my squash was mushy. It didn't effect the taste. I will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2020
I usually don't like cinnamon with meat. Since all these spices have healing qualities, I made as written. The flavors were wonderful. My chicken thighs had the bones in them and I took off their skin. I question the amount of pressure cooking at 3 minutes. I compared instapot cooking times for chicken thighs and decided on 11 minutes. I worked all the other times and pressure cooking instructions from this recipe. My chicken was done but my squash was mushy. It didn't effect the taste. I will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2021
I was hesitant when I read the ingredients, I like them all but was unsure about their combined outcome. It was AMAZING! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2020
I made this per the recipe. It was very good and made a lot. Gave some to a neighbor and they loved it as well. Read More
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