Easy chicken tagine

Easy chicken tagine

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(151 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 thighs, 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…


  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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22nd Jul, 2019
Delicious, but... The nutrition values are way off. Tesco's skinless/boneless chicken thighs are 9.8g fat per thigh. If using 8 like the recipe says, that's 78.4g fat total. Recipe makes 4 portions (child portions? I'd say it serves 3 max), but divided by 4, that's 19.6g fat per portion, and that's JUST the chicken. Don't understand how GoodFood worked this out to be just 11g fat per portion...?
31st Jul, 2018
I just made this for my families dinner, this was delicious, never changed anything, I served with recipe and sweet corn. I give it 5 stars.
22nd Apr, 2017
I have given the recipe 4 stars as the ingredients equate to a very bland dish. I changed it by adding a teaspoon of extra hot chilli powder, 1.5 teaspoon salt and 1 heaped teaspoon of home made garam masala. Gave it the kick it needed. I made it in a tagine and the chicken melted in your mouth! I made it in the tagine and thus only ended up using one dish to cook it.
18th Nov, 2016
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.
25th Oct, 2015
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.
17th Nov, 2014
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
15th Aug, 2014
watery and bland. worst recipe I've cooked from this site. much better recipes on here for chicken tagine
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5th Aug, 2014
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.
2nd May, 2014
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.
27th Apr, 2014
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.


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