Chicken Tagine

Having an extensive family has it’s advantages. I can’t really think of many right this moment but I know there are some. No, seriously, the best thing about a big family is you know you’re going to get some useful kitchen implements, toys or utensils for Christmas or birthdays.

This Yuletide period I got, amongst many things, a tagine.

tagine man

Now this I had to give a whirl. So I plumbed for a simple chicken tagine. Some quick Google-based research revealed many recipe variations, often including preserved lemon, olives, dates and so on; none of which I’m fond of so I made it all up again…


My eyes! My beautiful eyes!

For Chicken Tagine

  • 6 chicken thighs, bone in, skin on
  • olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 small red chilli, sliced
  • 1 large handful raisins or sultanas
  • 2 handfuls sliced almonds
  • small bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 pint chicken stock
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp saffron
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ginger

Easy. First get a frying pan, heat some oil and fry the chicken, skin side down until it starts to go golden. Turn and cook for a few minutes more. Then drain and set aside (note: for a less oily version use chicken breasts, skin off).


Using the same pan, fry the garlic, onion and chilli until softened…


Add back the chicken, pour over the spices and add a spoon or two of the chicken juices. Stir around a bit to combine.


Put contents into the tagine.


Add the raisins and almonds and coriander (reserve a sprinkling of almonds and coriander).


Finally add the stock and tomatoes and give it a quick stir.


Cover and pop in the oven at about 180 centigrade for an hour and a half. Once done, sprinkle on the remaining almonds and coriander.


Serve with rice.


Well tasty. Not too spicy, rich and fruity. Like me. No really.

15 thoughts on “Chicken Tagine

  1. Nice gift. Am I wrong, but I thought everything was supposed to be prepared in the actual tagine – not using a separate skillet. It’s been a long while for me because mine cracked.

  2. Well now I know what a tanginess is. Tell me – do I need one or should I wait for my family to get one for me?
    Looks and sounds like a very nice meal. One that I wish someone would cook for me right about now… we’ve been out shoveling over 2′ of snow which can work up an appetite but really doesn’t leave much energy for cooking.

  3. I did a double take, a quick two step and a bunny hop at the googly eyed tagine. Who doesn’t love a beautiful Orange tagine with eyes? The completed dish looks very tasty.

      • I hope your loving family buys you that KITCHENAID for an out of the blue gift. If you like, I can send them e-mails suggesting they give you a KITCHENAID. They could even engrave it with their names because they LOVE you so much they’d give you a KITCHAID 😀

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