Easy chicken tagine

Easy chicken tagine

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Simple one-pots are perfect for the busy cook. This chicken tagine is great eaten with cous cous for something a bit more filling

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
304
protein
39g
carbs
14g
fat
11g
saturates
3g
fibre
3g
sugar
12g
salt
0.48g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs, halved if large
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp grated fresh root ginger
  • pinch saffron or tumeric
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 400g carrots, cut into sticks
  • small bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • lemon wedges, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large, wide pan with a lid, add the chicken, then fry quickly until lightly coloured. Add the onion and ginger, then fry for a further 2 mins.
  2. Add 150ml water, the saffron, honey and carrots, season, then stir well. Bring to the boil, cover tightly, then simmer for 30 mins until the chicken is tender. Uncover and increase the heat for about 5 mins to reduce the sauce a little. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges for squeezing over.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2008

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dodddy's picture

watery and bland. worst recipe I've cooked from this site. much better recipes on here for chicken tagine

felicityd's picture
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Mmmm... this was tasty, quick and easy - just threw the whole lot in a pan and left it to bubble. You can add more spices but I appreciated that it didn't have an epic and expensive list of ingredients (went with turmeric over saffron). It needs seasoning which I forgot to add until the end.

yogibattle's picture
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I tried it the original way without any deviation (aside from turmeric and not saffron) and as the commenters said below it was a bit too bland. Adding the lemon was very necessary. I tried it again tonight adding chicken stock and a healthy squeeze of harissa and a tsp of soy sauce. That did the trick! It was a bit too spicy for my family, but that was my doing with the heavy squeeze of harissa. You may want to start with 1 tsp of harissa and then add to taste. As I like spicy food that was not a problem. Also, the soy sauce gives it a bit more depth. I also used an actual terra cotta tajine and the chicken was so tender it broke apart with my wooden stirring spoon! Best wishes.

lennybell's picture
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Low rating given purely because I didn't enjoy the original recipe. Was only saved by addition of extra spices and ingredients based on comments by others. Makes a good starting point but needs more than is stated here.

elintk's picture

Went down really well with the whole family, I also used stock instead of water, will try to add a few more spices next time.

okocha's picture

I added some apricots and cinnamon and served it up with some couscous. The whole family enjoyed it, we will be having this again. Simple recipe, tasty result.

gillbaillie's picture

We all enjoyed this. I added a little cumin and some chilli to give it a kick, I also used chicken stock instead of water. We ate it with couscous flavoured with vegetable stock, a little cinnamon and turmeric, and topped with finely sliced shallots fried with a smidgeon salt and sugar. Delicious!

alibridger's picture

Have just made this for dinner and wasn't very impressed. The recipie struck me as a bit simply and the ingredients it asks for means it is very bland. I ended up adding chicken stock, tomato purée and Harissa to give it some flavour.

mindymoo62's picture
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I made this for supper tonight. After reading a few comments I added chicken stock instead of water to give it a good flavour.also plenty of black pepper and a little salt. I also added the saffron, which was lovely and used less honey than stated. I did not have any parsley so I chopped some fresh coriander and threw that in, along with a squeeze of lime. Overall lovely flavour. I popped mine in the oven. Very easy to make and tasty. Would make again sooo easy. Yum yum!

fizzh89's picture

Did this for the first time last week, then again when mum and dad came over for Mothering Sunday, it went down really well both times.
Quick and easy to prepare, the chicken is really tender. I think when I do it again, I'll use a bit more turmeric, ' a pinch' is a bit of a vague quantity!
I can see this being a firm favourite, not only for taste but also ease of preparation.

sarahl386's picture
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Very bland and thought the sauce was quite watery. Won't be making again.

pratyusha1999's picture
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One of the worst Morrocan dishes I have ever tasted, doesnt even feel like I am tasting Morrocan, more like a tasteless, lacking spices dish.

nellshakey's picture
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Tried this whilst entertaining one night and it was great, everything was sooo well cooked! Didn't have fresh parsley but still great, first time cooking with a proper tagine! Well recommended!

alexandrareah's picture

I have followed the recipe and find this horrible, really really sweet.

joshstokes1's picture
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LUSH. Really hearty, dead easy to make, made a brilliant leftover lunch the next day too! Used 150ml of Veg Stock rather than water, and 2tbl spoons of tomato puree just to thicken the sauce up a little.

bowdenei's picture
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At first I was disappointed with the recipe considering it was under the 80 best ever recipes.... Then I added coriander instead of parsley (as that was what I had). I squeezed in some lemon juice as someone had suggested and all of a sudden it lifted all the flavours!!! I did add a pinch of both turmeric and saffron and also made alongside it a quorn version for my veggie daughter. I served it with brown basmatic mixed with a little wild rice.

snicka's picture
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Agree with kipperelli it was lacking flavour even after adding stock to the recipe. It was ok but I won't make it again.

claire_curtis78's picture

Added garlic, cumin, cinnamon and coriander with the onions. Then added apricots and sultanas with the veg stock that I used instead of water. Added a healthy amount of pepper and juice of half a lemon at the end. Very good....will do again many times.

dashna21's picture
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Great receipe. I do add chilli flakes, garlic and a teaspoon of corriander powder & cumin powder.granish with corriander instead of parsley. Lovely

sheenacombridge's picture
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loved it and so did my family !! really easy to make and next to no washing up :) would really recomend this for a lazy weekday dinner

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