Moroccan chicken one-pot

Moroccan chicken one-pot

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level



Serves 6

You don't need a clay pot to whip up a fragrant, North Africa tagine - throw it all in a casserole dish and top with feta, mint and lemon

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, 1 roughly chopped, 1 sliced
  • 100g tomatoes
  • 100g ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp each ground cumin, coriander and cinnamon
  • 1 large butternut squash, deseeded and cut into big chunks
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 100g dried cherries

To serve

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • zest 1 lemon
  • handful mint leaves
  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • couscous and natural yogurt

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  1. Season the chicken. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a flameproof dish, then brown the chicken on all sides. Remove the chicken to a plate. Whizz the chopped onion, tomatoes, ginger and garlic into a rough paste. Fry the sliced onion in the remaining oil in the dish until softened, then add the spices and fry for 1 min more until fragrant. Add the paste and fry for another few mins to soften.
  2. Return the chicken to the dish with the squash, stock, sugar and vinegar. Bring to a simmer, then cook for 30 mins until the chicken is cooked through. Lift the chicken out and stir in the cherries, then continue simmering the sauce to thicken while you shred the chicken into bite-sized chunks. Stir the chicken back into the sauce and season.
  3. Mix the red onion, lemon zest, mint and feta. Scatter over the dish, then serve with some couscous and yogurt.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2012

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marktewk's picture

Used cranberries instead of cherries... delicious... we've had this many times ... easily our favourite recipe from the BBC Good Food site. And the whizzing at the start is good fun :-)

HeYo's picture

fabulous! really happy

DeJayne's picture
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Wow divine! The cherries are perfect and well worth getting. I actually get a good size bag at Aldi for much less then your other supermarkets and it really does add a different flavour to raisins. If I absolutely had to substitute for something else I'd use dried apricots rather then raisins. I made the topping without the feta and left it as a side dish for people to add if they wanted to. (I made this for a party of 28!). Only a tiny bit of leftover in my fridge and now my mouths watering so I'm off to have the rest for my lunch!!

christinechick's picture

Love this recipe. Added green lentils to thicken the sauce and served with pitta bread. Now a firm favourite in our house.

ninalouise's picture

Really nice, warm and sweet. It's a must try!

ninalouise's picture

Really nice, warm and sweet!

amystraff's picture

This recipe is absolutely gorgeous. Hubby and 3 year old loved it

Pineapplesandwich's picture

Really tasty. Substituted sultanas for cherries (as I didn't have any).
Will definitely make again.

Pineapplesandwich's picture

Very enjoyable. Stuck to the recipe apart from substituting sultanas for cherries (as I didn't have any).
Will definitely make again.

Princess emily's picture

This Moroccan chicken is gorgeous my husband loved it
It's healthy and hearty I would give it 5 star.

emsie_jp's picture

This dish is gorgeous! The cherries give it a tasty sweet edge and the combinations of flavours is perfect. I have cooked it twice in two weeks and still crave it!

vickijenkins's picture

Absolutely fantastic - amazing flavours, everyone loves it. Works great even cold the next day to take to work, I LOVE this - have passed it on to a few people and it's now a firm family staple recipe. I definitely recommend getting the cherries rather than just using raisins like my Mum cheats with, they add that extra something. I sometimes add apricots too, but sub instead of half the cherries as otherwise too much. Thankyou so much for this recipe!!

raquelquefois's picture

Fabulous dish - very tasty and pretty easy to cook (even on a work night)!

bitsymac's picture
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I cooked this for my daughters birthday I made a couple of minor adjustments substituting passata for fresh tomato and left the cherries out completely it still turned out delicious , so quick and easy to make and the whole family loved it

ourcarol's picture

Absolutely delicious! A big hit with the whole family, will be making again - did it in the slow cooker, delicious.

hellsreader's picture

This is delicious. I've made it a number of times now and it's always a favourite in our household.

Chocolatetorte's picture

Fantastic recipe, I'm not the most confident cook but this worked really well both times I've made it. I used chicken thighs instead of breast and substituted the squash for sweet potatoes and the cherries for sultanas and it came out great. So tasty!

Matty123's picture

I've made this a dozen times. Easy to make and tastes delicious. A winner every time!!

Suemarsh079's picture

I made this last night and we both loved it.Sometimes when I make recipes like this with quite a few spices.It can sometimes feel there is a something missing. This was actually spot on. I think it was the sugar and the red wine vinegar that made the difference.I didn't use the butternut squash and I used sultanas instead of the cherries. I will make this again.

Lotte88's picture

Love making this recipe as it is always well received. I use dates and courgette instead of cherries and pumpkin, then serve with couscous.