This chicken tagine recipe is one of my favorite Moroccan recipes.
I love Middle Eastern recipes in general. They have fabulous flavors from warm spices without the extreme heat of other cuisines.
This chicken recipe is a great example. Have a look at the great mix of spices listed. Together they will add wonderful flavor to the chicken.
I do love the mix of warm spices and honey to give the tagine that little bit of sweetness. The nuts add lovely crunch. It’s a fantastic blend of flavors.
Chicken tagine gets its name from the clay baking dish it is traditionally made in. If you can grab yourself a tagine, go for it. It will make this recipe even more special.
Chicken Tagine Recipe with Dates and Honey
- 4 chicken breasts, large bone-in, or 8 or 9 chicken thighs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, large, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon coriander, ground
- 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
- 1 teaspoon ginger, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup dates, stone free, cut in half
- 12 pitted prunes
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup almonds, blanched, toasted
- 1 tablespoon coriander, fresh, chopped
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan. Add the chicken (in batches if you are using thighs). Cook, turning at least once, until the chicken pieces are browned. Drain them on a paper towel.
- Heat the remaining oil in the same pan. Add the onions, garlic and spices. Cook, stirring, until the onions are soft.
- Return the chicken to the pan with the chicken stock and water. Simmer, covered, for 40 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for 30 minutes or until the mixture is thickened slightly and the chicken is tender.
- Stir in the dates, honey and nuts. Sprinkle with fresh coriander before serving.
Makes 4 servings.
You can replace the dates with dried prunes if you prefer.
I would serve this delicious chicken dish with couscous or rice cooked in chicken broth.
This chicken tagine is a wonderfully healthy recipe. The spices cinnamon, cumin, ginger and turmeric are all as healthy as they are delicious.
I love Middle Eastern recipes, especially Moroccan recipes like this one because they are full of wonderful flavors without being hot or overly exotic.