Easy chicken & chickpea tagine

Easy chicken & chickpea tagine

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(27 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins plus chilling


Serves 4
Making a mouthwatering Moroccan-inspired meal doesn't have to be difficult - this no-fuss one-pot dinner is full of flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal456
  • fat11g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars23g
  • fibre7g
  • protein52g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 800g skinless boneless chicken thighs, cut into large chunks
  • 1 tbsp harissa



    This hot, aromatic paste made from chilli and assorted spices and herbs is spicy and…

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced



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

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 100g raisins
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 250g couscous, to serve



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

  • small handful mint, leaves only, to serve



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


  1. Mix the chicken thighs with the harissa in a large bowl and chill, covered, for 20-30 mins.

  2. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole or tagine dish and fry the chicken for 2-3 mins until browned. Remove from the dish and set aside.

  3. Fry the onion for 8-10 mins until soft, then stir in the spices. Return the chicken to the dish, together with the stock, tomatoes and raisins. Season, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer, covered, for 45 mins.

  4. Add the chickpeas to the dish, and simmer, uncovered, for 15 mins until the sauce reduces slightly and thickens. Serve with couscous and a handful of mint leaves on top.

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9th Sep, 2019
Very tasty and easy recipe. The nutritional details are for the meal not including the cous cous unfortunately!
16th Jun, 2016
What a great recipe. I threw all the ingredients (except the cous cous and mint) into a big turkey roasting bag and put it in the oven, at quite a high temperature, for well over an hour and a half. I also added some dried apricots but only used a heaped teaspoon of the Sainsbury's Harissa paste as it's quite spicy and I get bad indigestion from hot foods. Cooking in huge roasting bags is the way forward! No mess plus it keeps all the flavours in and stops the chicken drying out. One to make again, maybe with some sweet potato. Nice served with soured cream. I also added spring onions and chives to the cous cous as my mint plant had been attacked by bugs!
10th Apr, 2016
What type of harissa.... the paste or the powder? thanks
9th Apr, 2016
Brilliant recipe! Made a few changes though - firstly, as I was cooking in a tagine pot that can not be cooked over the hob I reduced the amount of stock to 300ml, I fried off the onions (added garlic) and chicken then added everything to the pot then put in the oven on a low heat for 2 hours. Secondly, I switched the raisins for apricots and added some pumpkin! Was delicious will definitely be making again!
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7th Mar, 2016
This is a great tagine recipe. It tastes really authentic and we liked the mix of sweet and savoury - slightly more savoury than they tend to serve it in Morocco. Takes a while to cook but it worked well cooking the main stew on Sunday and reheating for weekday dinner.
31st May, 2015
So good. Much cheaper than lamb tagine and probably nicer too. Easy, healthy, yummy, new fav recipe. (I even forgot to add the mint!) I served it with giant couscous as I love the texture
8th May, 2015
Great recipe, very tasty! Have made it several times. Use cooked quinoa instead of couscous to make it gluten free.
16th Apr, 2015
I picked this in the supermarket when I had no idea what was for tea, and knew I had most of the ingredients at home. For a reasonably easy and quick meal it was very tasty.
23rd Apr, 2015
I don't see now one portion contains so much sugar? It's making me wonder if the nutrition figures are accurate? I does look lovely and I am going to make it, just unsure about nutritional value..
16th May, 2015
That would be the raisins, no?
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