Moroccan chicken one-pot scattered with feta, mint and lemon zest

Moroccan chicken one-pot

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(230 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 tomatoes



    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 cherries



    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 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a flameproof dish, then brown the chicken on all sides. Remove the chicken to a plate.

  2. Whizz 1 chopped onion, 100g tomatoes, 100g chopped ginger and 3 garlic cloves into a rough paste.

  3. Fry 1 sliced onion in 1 tbsp olive oil in the dish until softened, then add 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp coriander and 1 tbsp cinnamon and fry for 1 min more until fragrant. Add the paste and fry for another few mins to soften.

  4. Return the chicken to the dish with 1 large butternut squash, cut into big chunks, 600ml chicken stock, 2 tbsp brown sugar and 2 tbsp red wine vinegar.

  5. Bring to a simmer, then cook for 30 mins until the chicken is cooked through.

  6. Lift the chicken out and stir in 100g dried 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.

  7. Mix 1 finely chopped small red onion, the zest of 1 lemon, a handful of mint leaves and 100g crumbled feta cheese. Scatter over the dish, then serve with couscous and natural yogurt.

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1st Oct, 2015
I made this tonight and it was delicious! I never post comments but this was so good I wanted to. I also tried thighs and added dried prunes and it worked well. Was worried about over powering ginger but once spices added it was fine. Served with couscous and added pine nuts and pomegranate. Yum !!
4th Sep, 2015
Lovely recipe. I also used thighs as we find it a much more tender cut and has more flavour
4th Sep, 2015
100g of ginger?! really!!!
14th Sep, 2015
I know, I thought the same originally but trust me it's worth it! The flavour is unbelievable.
6th Aug, 2015
Having seen all the good reviews for this dish I'd thought I'd try it, and it was delicious. I used peppers instead of butternut squash, and the dried cherries ended up being a mixture of dried fruits (cherries, apricots and raisins) as that's what I had. I cooked it in a casserole dish in the oven and used chicken thighs. The meat fell off the bone, the flavours were fantastic. I had nothing but praise from my friends who shared it with me.
1st Jul, 2015
Delicious dish! I've made it a few times and will definitely be making again. Great for dinner parties as most can be made/prepared in advance and just heated up when needed and feta scattered on top.
20th Apr, 2015
This is such a brilliant recipe and the feta, onion and mint salad on top with yoghurt just adds an awesome extra. This is now a firm favourite - so easy and a total crowd pleaser. I used chicken on the bone, just because I think it adds more flavour.
7th Apr, 2015
This is the best chicken dish ever. So easy to make and a hit every time. I leave out the cherries and put in chickpeas instead. Fantastic for dinner parties or for family dinner with the children.
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31st Mar, 2015
This is my fav dish every time. The only thing I changed was to add apricot & omit the raisins because I don't like them. Also tried with just chicken fillets but it dries out the meat so use part bone part fillet so some juice comes from the bones without being too greasy. The garnish topping really makes a difference and goes well with the combined flavours of the chicken........mouth explosion!!!!
31st Mar, 2015
Great recipe - and low calorie too! What could be better?! Definitely needs the accompanying salad to cut through the sweetness.


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