A recipe from Eric Ripert of Le Bernadin, it is subtly spicy. Serve with couscous, a nice Bordeaux or Syrah and something chocolate for dessert.
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large chicken, cut into eight pieces
- fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground white pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon Madras curry powder (optional)
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 1 head garlic, cloves peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons preserved lemons, rind only, flesh discarded, finely chopped
- 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
- 4 prunes, quartered and stones removed
- 1 1⁄2 cups chicken stock or 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons almonds, slivered, toasted
- 2 cups couscous, cooked
- Place a tagine (or large heavy-bottomed casserole) at least 10 inches in diameter over high heat, and add the oil.
- Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper.
- When the oil is hot, place the chicken pieces skin-side-down in the pot.
- When the oil starts to sizzle, reduce the heat to medium.
- Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon each of the coriander, cumin, turmeric, and curry powder (if using) over the chicken.
- Cook until the chicken is golden brown, about 15 minutes (Check regularly to make sure that the chicken is not sticking to the pan).
- Spread the onion, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes on a cutting board, and season generously with the salt and pepper.
- Add them to the tagine, covering the chicken.
- Sprinkle with the remaining coriander, cumin, turmeric, and curry powder.
- Add the lemon rind and chicken stock, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Add the plums and cook for a further 15 minutes or until chicken is tender (It may take a little longer if you’re using a tagine).
- To serve, place about 1/2 cup of couscous on each plate, top with a few pieces of chicken, and spoon some cooking liquid and vegetables over each plate.
- Garnish with almond slivers.
Don't let the vast number of steps scare you off as they are more a indication of the posting chef's care in offering guidance to those unfamiliar with the preparations for tagines. There is quite a bit of chopping, but nothing complicated. My sauce was still watery at the end of the stated cooking time so I let it simmer an additional 15 minutes. The extra time transformed this from a 4 plus recipe to a definite 5 star dish. Specifically, it was in this extra cooking time that the onions, tomatoes and garlic really broke down and melded with the prunes and created that sweet-savory complexity that is characteristic of Morrocan cuisine. Scaled this down to 2 servings and prepared it with 2 rather large chicken breasts. Thanks Kate.
Pretty good! I added some potatoes and chick peas to the broth because there was so much of it, and turned it into a very hearty one-pot meal!