Easy chicken tagine

Easy chicken tagine

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(121 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


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

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal304
  • fat11g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre3g
  • protein39g
  • salt0.48g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 8 skinless boneless chicken thigh, halved if large
  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tsp grated fresh root ginger
  • pinch saffron or tumeric



    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…

  • 1 tbsp honey



    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • 400g carrot, cut into sticks



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • small bunch parsley, roughly chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • lemon wedges, to serve



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…


  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.

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Comments (137)

Bickyv's picture

I love this recipe but I would not call it a tagine. I add 500ml of chicken stock, the rest is as per recipe. I serve it with rice.

wheelz99's picture

Made this and really liked it. Based on tips from others on here I put lots of cumin and turmeric on the chicken pieces before they went in the pan. I added: stock (half a lambs cube), sambal (no harissa in the house) and garlic. I only used a v small amount of honey (quarter of a teaspoon) and next time I would add a little bit more stock.

fraserstubbs10's picture

Used stock as recommended, added paprika and cayenne pepper, aswell as a clove of garlic, was really really lovely with just some boiled rice, does need the stock though, imagine it would be abit plain otherwise, aside from that, a nice recipe

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

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

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

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

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

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

pratyusha1999's picture

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

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

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

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

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


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