Moroccan chicken one-pot

Moroccan chicken one-pot

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(135 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


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

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal324
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre6g
  • protein27g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 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…

  • 2 onions, 1 roughly chopped, 1 sliced



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

  • 100g tomato



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 100g ginger, roughly chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 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 cherry



    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

To serve

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • zest 1 lemon



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

  • handful mint leaves



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • couscous and natural yogurt



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…


  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.

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9th Jul, 2014
Really liked this...very tasty dish and my children enjoyed it which is always a bonus! The taste of the dried cherries finish the dish off nicely .
27th May, 2014
27th May, 2014
a wonderful recipe i added in chocolate instead of cherries 100% better
15th Sep, 2014
That sounds wonderful. How much chocolate did you put in?
tim jacob
26th May, 2014
left out turmeric, used fresh cherries (great!), had no squash (pity), used two chicken stock cubes and 250ml white wine (+some water). No lemon zest. Everyone loved it. Will do again.
18th May, 2014
Good flavours. Definitely one to try again, but I think I might change a couple of things. I found the cinnamon a bit too much so would halve the amount, I'd add a bit of chilli and I would vary the veg a bit. Maybe a mix of sweet potatoes and or carrots with the squash. Couldn't get dried cherries so used a cherry berry mix (Whitworths) which seemed to work well.
15th May, 2014
Used frozen cherries. Wonderful recipe... everyone loved it. Definitely making it again.
29th Apr, 2014
I used sweet potatoes instead of squash and picked out the Aldi frozen cherries from their frozen fruits mix. Interesting dish to make - I wondered how it would be but inspired by the 5 star review and wasn't disappointed. I think I'll make the double the paste and freeze it next time - there will be a next time! Worth go giving it a try and the feta and mint topping is the icing on the cake!
Angelica Mercie...
25th Apr, 2014
Made this for dinner. I also used cranberries instead of cherries. Absolutely delicious! Will definitely keep making this! I usually hate chicken breast but this was so tender and flavourful! By far one of the best recipes on this site!
12th Apr, 2014
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 :-)


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