Easy chicken tagine

Easy chicken tagine

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    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
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

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

    Saffron

    sah-fron

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

  • 1 tbsp honey
    Honey

    Honey

    huh-nee

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

  • 400g carrot, cut into sticks
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

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

  • small bunch parsley, roughly chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

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

  • lemon wedges, to serve
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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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.

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Comments (137)

sallymadison's picture
5

This is a great crowd pleaser, made it for entertaining with adults and with the kids. I added cinnamon and cumin which added to the flavour. I make it with half chicken breast and half thigh.

Served with lemon couscous and a bowl of salad makes for easy entertaining.

uliana's picture
5

Very good recipe! Easy, healthy, lots of flavour! Added some cumin and some garlic. Served with brown rice. Will definitely make it again!

1william's picture
4

I read others comments and used chicken breasts, added stock not water and also cumin. It looked better than it tasted. It was OK but won't make it again. Husband not keen either.

anitashah3's picture

My husband loved this and i found it really easy to make.

ellybob's picture
3

I added loads more ginger, 3 cloves of garlic, garam masala, cumin and cinnamon and more honey than the recipe stated. Also added sugar snap peas and a bit of cornflour. Was very yummy but nothing spectacular!

nikkidowns's picture
3

Good to use as a base but to add a bit more flavour (and use up what I had the fridge!) I used passata instead of water, and added cumin, butternut squash and dried apricots. Really nice, although I think it would have lacked flavour without the extra additions.

mestsank's picture
5

This recipe is beautiful! I've made it so many times and it's one of mine and my boyfriend's favourites.
I've also tweaked the recipe a bit - I find that adding some cumin and chicken stock rather than water (also a little more than specified in the recipe for more of that delicious sauce) really makes it lovely. Also I add some La Kama spice mix which makes it so authentic, and it's not so hard to find these days either. Yum!

edwardwp's picture

I added a handful of Pitted dates. Not as sweet as Raisins considering honey is already in the dish. I Also added 150 ml of my home made chicken stock, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp cumin to make the dish more Moroccan. This recipe is divine and so easy. After I browned the chicken in frying pan I transferred the lot to my Emile Henry Tagine for the simmering and served it in the tagine at the table. My guests were impressed.

mollymango's picture
4

I added lots of extra spices, a red pepper and ground almonds and it was beautifully tender and had lots of subtle flavours. It went down a treat with my boyfriends family, who were all unenthusiastic at the idea of chicken tagine. They've all now changed their mind :D

alilama's picture
1

Very very bland. NOT for the moderate-experienced cook. needed to add so much additional seasonings. simply Awful!

appsuk's picture
5

We added Potatoes, cinnamon, Garlic, vegetable Stock, Tumeric, Garam Masala which made it much more delicious and yummy!!!Would Recommend and make it again!

giantcatbear99's picture
4

One of my faves. Have cooked this countless times. Really easy to rustle up quickly, which more complicated tagines are not. I serve it with couscous with sultanas and toasted flaked almonds.

lalybaba's picture
4

Super, quick, easy evening meal. I made for tea last night, only addition was a good shake of Ras-el-hanout added with the tumeric (didn't have any safron). I Served it with cous cous to which I had added a couple of chopped dried appricots, a handful of raisins, a handful of toasted pine nuts and a load of chopped fresh corriander. Was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

coulstonl001's picture
4

Really speedy and super tasty! Will definately have it again! Plus it can be frozen and had as a quick mid-week meal.

louisemathema's picture
4

Nice taste to the chicken and carrots, but would have preferred more sauce. Took a bit longer than the time stated. Will try again with raisins, cinnamon and some garlic - prob add some veg stock as well to give more sauce.

jennypiccolo's picture
3

Not flavourful enough for myself or my husband, but the kids loved it . It was ok.

toymonster's picture
5

Really nice, I desiced, like others to add some cumin and a cinnamon stick, I also added half a jar of harrisa for some ooommmph, it worked!

I also put in the bones from the butcher to add some extra flavour.

cuckoo57's picture
4

haven't done much cooking recently, so was delighted to find this. Just got some new cookware coated in non-stick titanium, and the chicken was just so tender ... will definitely do this one again!!

dave_aye's picture

Absolutely Fantastic Recipe. Quick & Low fat. Added 2 tsp Ground Cumin, Tin Chick Peas, Extra Honey & Took the meat off the thighs before cooking for quicker results. Everyone loved it & presumed I had slaved in the kitchen for hours!!!!

john-boy-123's picture
5

This is amazing, the whole family love it. The only thing I added extra was some dried apricot halves and then served it with lemon & coriander cous cous.

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