Classic Moroccan Chicken Tagine
photo by PaulaG
- Ready In:
Moroccan Spice Blend
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 small brown onions
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 400 g chicken thigh fillets, diced
- 800 g diced tomatoes
- 800 g chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 200 ml chicken stock
- 1⁄2 lemon
- 1 cup water
- Finely dice the onions and sauté in a large pot with the spice mix, using the olive oil.
- When the onions and spice mix starts to give off a fragrant smell, add in the diced chicken. Fry this off for 2 minutes.
- Add the cans tomato, stock, 1 cup of water, chickpeas and the juice of half a lemon.
- Season with salt and pepper and let this simmer for 15 minutes. If it gets to thick too quickly add in more water.
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So I confess I thought, hmm, beans, really? And yet they really make the dish! I didnt realise I was out of chickpeas and had to use borlotti beans, but gee, what a rich and flavoursome sauce with all those spices, this meal was filling, delicious, something different for me and a real make-again, I'd love to serve this to guests! I served it with rice but it would be great with any grain. I chose to make this for the Spice It Up challenge, ZWT9, Pink Panthers, thank you Jubes!
My spouse (who has diabetes) prefers -- both for health and taste reasons -- tagines that don't have any sweetness (honey and/or dried fruits) in them. We both liked this recipe a lot. It also has the virtue of coming together very quickly; most of the work is just assembling all the spices! I made one slight modification, which was to use African Bird Pepper rather than cayenne; as it is about twice as hot as cayenne, using the same amount as called for in the recipe made for a spicer stew, but that's the way we like it! Will definitely make this again.
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Aussie Mum - gluten-free