Chicken Tagine With Plums and Spices
- Ready In:
- 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.
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This is so so tasty! I used a whole chicken that I cut up and had it in the oven in 20 minutes. I did use a 12 inch Le Creuset Tagine which I found not to use all the liquid called for. And even then it did escape the tagine . I did brown stove top, then added the rest of the ingredients except for the almonds and minus most of the broth. Baked at 325 degrees for 1 hour. This will come out fall apart tender. It was so soft I couldn`t arrange the food for a photo shoot! LOL! A must make!!! Thanks!!!