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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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.

Slow cooker's picture

Made this last night for dinner partyfollowing the recipe exactly. Fantastic smell whilst cooking and everyone agreed it tasted absolutely delicious! Will definitely make this recipe again.

0andyandrach0's picture

Full of flavour and really yummy. The whole family enjoyed it, including our 2 year old.

heatheramos's picture

My sister in law just made this for dinner and it was absolutely fabulous. She didn't bother with the cherries but I didn't miss them. Looking forward to making it for the family at home.

shivtc's picture

A firm favourite. Easy to 'adjust' as needed - have used sweet potatoe and raisins in the past. Easy to adapt to half portion as there are only the two of us. Quick and easy too.

lindsay990's picture

Fantastic. Served this last night for a dinner party everyone loved it. Served with couscous and flatbread. I also made it the day before so just warmed it up on the night. Would probably use chicken thighs next time as chicken breast can sometimes go a bit dry. I chopped the squash smaller than stated as takes a while to cook. Used dried cherries which were lovely (got them in Tesco).

amylel9's picture

Great recipe, loved by all the family! Used balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar, and sultanas instead of cherries. Fresh bread is great for mopping up the delicious sauce! yummy!!

tracyfrancis's picture

Great recipe. I'm a nervous cook, and this is one of the few recipes that turned out just like the photo! Very tasty, we all loved it.

Maxbattersby's picture

This dish is delicious! A real crowd pleaser and so simple and fuss-free. I decided against the dried cherries and sugar as there really is plenty of flavour with just the other ingredients. This is such an easy one to rustle up quickly (as long as you do all the prep before you start cooking the chicken) and tastes amazing. Will definitely be cooking again, perhaps adding flaked almonds or black olives. Give it a go!

champagne68's picture
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This is delicious! Cooked for guests who really enjoyed it and asked for recipe.

bunnibear's picture

Great tasty healthy dish. I was worried it would be too much ginger but it was perfect. I used turkey breast steaks instead as it was what I had in the fridge and it worked great , in fact probably the most succulent result for Turkey ever. Only change I will make next time is the squash took an age to cook through, smaller chunks in future. Cherries I got in sainsburys for £2.50 , but too be honest you can't taste that they are cherries any dried fruit like sultanas would work just as well.