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Guinea fowl tagine with chickpeas, squash & apricots

Guinea fowl tagine with chickpeas, squash & apricots

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This game bird is a lot like chicken, so can be cooked in the same way - give it a whirl in this fragrant Moroccan-spiced casserole

Nutrition: per serving
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal591
fat22g
saturates5g
carbs31g
sugars20g
fibre6g
protein64g
low insalt1.1g
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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 guinea fowl , jointed like a chicken (ask your butcher to do this or see our video on how to joint a chicken, in 'Try', below)
  • 2 onions , roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , chopped
  • 1 butternut squash or small pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tbsp ras-el-hanout
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • small squeeze of clear honey
  • large pinch of saffron , soaked in 1 tbsp boiling water
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 850ml chicken stock
  • 400g can chickpea , drained and rinsed
  • 200g dried apricot
  • small bunch coriander
  • couscous or rice, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oil in a large, shallow flameproof casserole dish. Season the guinea fowl pieces and brown them – in batches, if necessary – then remove to a plate.

  • STEP 2

    Fry the onions in the same dish until softened, then add the garlic and squash, cooking for 1-2 mins. Tip in the spices and cook for a few mins before adding the honey, saffron and lemon juice. Pour in the chicken stock and the chickpeas.

  • STEP 3

    Submerge the guinea fowl pieces in the stock and add the apricots. Cover the dish and simmer everything very gently for 50 mins-1 hr, until the fowl and squash are both tender. Stir through the coriander and serve with couscous or rice.

RECIPE TIPS
JOINTING A BIRD

If you'd prefer to buy your bird whole and joint it yourself, this video guide to butchering a raw chicken may help.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2013

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