An amazing Moroccan cook named Naima taught me to make this dish. If you ever have the chance to buy a tagine (a clay cooking pot) it is worth it just to make this dish. Serve the finished meal boiling hot and eat it the traditional way -- straight from the clay tagine. By the way, I have adjusted this recipe to use chicken breasts (which are more common in the West) but in Morocco you would more likely get a cut such as a thigh. Any piece of chicken will work just fine.
- Heat the oil in the tagine over a low heat and sauté the garlic and onions for a couple minutes.
- Mix in some turmeric, then lay the chicken breasts on the bottom and season with salt and pepper.
- Cover and let the chicken brown on one side, turn and continue cooking until the other side is brown.
- Spread the carrots and potatoes evenly around the meat, add about 1/2 cup water and then cover again.
- Continue cooking over a low heat.
- When the vegetables are nearly cooked, sprinkle the tomato wedges over the top along with some more salt and pepper.
- Cover and cook until the vegetables are done.
- Add a few olives, if desired.
- Bring to the table while it is still bubbling.