Easy chicken tagine

Easy chicken tagine

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(146 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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25th Mar, 2011
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.
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11th Mar, 2011
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
17th Feb, 2011
Very very bland. NOT for the moderate-experienced cook. needed to add so much additional seasonings. simply Awful!
16th Feb, 2011
We added Potatoes, cinnamon, Garlic, vegetable Stock, Tumeric, Garam Masala which made it much more delicious and yummy!!!Would Recommend and make it again!
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11th Feb, 2011
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.
10th Feb, 2011
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.
22nd Jan, 2011
Really speedy and super tasty! Will definately have it again! Plus it can be frozen and had as a quick mid-week meal.
18th Jan, 2011
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.
16th Jan, 2011
Not flavourful enough for myself or my husband, but the kids loved it . It was ok.
13th Jan, 2011
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.


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