Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
A relatively easy to prepare dish that adds a twist to your diet. Use a dutch oven if a tagine is unavailable.
- 1 chicken leg, quarter
- 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon saffron
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus to oil tagine (a Dutch oven will suffice)
- 2 slices onions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1⁄2 cup chicken broth
- 6 kalamata olives, pitted
- 2 -4 slices lemons, heavily salted
- 2 dried apricots
- 6 dried cherries
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons dry cracked bulgur wheat or 4 tablespoons couscous
- Wash the chicken and pat dry. Pour the vinegar into the palm of your hand and rub all over the chicken. Mix the spices with the olive oil. Cover the chicken with the mix, place in a plastic bag, and refrigerate over night.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Oil the bottom of your tagine and brown the chicken on all sides. Add the onions and garlic and sweat to translucence. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover and place in the oven for 1 ¾ hours.
- Spread the wheat out on a lipped cookie sheet and spritz liberaly with water and a pinch of salt. Let rest for 1 hour, sprizting frequently, as it swells up. Line a colander with a clean, damp dish towel and place over a simmering pot of water. Don’t let the water touch the towel. Scrape the swollen couscous into the towel and fold the towel over. Let it steam for 15 minutes.
- After the 1 ¾ hours add the fruits to the chicken and cook for 15 more minutes.
- Make a paste out of the corn starch. Remove the chicken and fruits and add the paste, stirring until the sauce thickens. Place the chicken back into the sauce to re-heat, if necessary.
- Plate the chicken on a bed of the couscous and flank with the fruits. Pour the sauce on top and serve.
I made this for dinner last night & cooked ina tagine on stove top. There were so many flavours which I enjoyed and it was delicious. It was very easy to put together. I would add more olives & apricots next time as I think they really enhance the taste and also have bought some Ras al Houout (moroccan spice mix.) which will save me measuring out all the spices. I did not have any dried cherries and didn't bother with the couscous. I am having some of the leftover again for dinner tonight.
Yum! I made this tonight using my new Tagine and we all enjoyed the flavours it produced. I had problems following the directions (I wasn't sure when to add the olives and lemons) however this didn't take away the end result of the recipe. I kept to the recipe except I didn't add the cornstarch as the sauce was perfect without it. Thank you lamarb.