Qmee recipes – chicken tagine with Moroccan spices

We’ve found a delicious recipe for you this week! Take a look at how to cook a one-pot chicken tagine that the whole family will love. It somehow says summer and autumn in one bite using a gentle but heady Moroccan spice mix.

Here’s what you’ll need…

2 tbsp olive oil
8 chicken thighs
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp Moroccan spice mix (see below)
1 large preserved lemon, skin only, finely chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 chicken stock cube
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Handful olives
1 small lemon, half very thinly sliced
Half a pomegranate, seeds only
100g feta, crumbled
Small bunch mint, leaves only
Couscous, to serve

For the Moroccan spice:
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 and a half tsp fennel seeds
Half tsp black pepper
Half tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Good pinch saffron

Here’s what you’ll need to do…

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wide, shallow casserole dish or ovenproof pan. Season the chicken and cook, skin-side down, for 8-10 mins, until crispy. Flip over and cook for another 5 mins. Transfer to a plate. Heat oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3.
  2. Add the rest of the oil and the onion to the pan. Stir for a few mins, then add the garlic and Moroccan spice mix.
  3. Stir, scraping any bits of onions and chicken from the bottom, until the spices smell fragrant. Add the preserved lemon, tomatoes, stock cube, honey, vinegar and 750ml water.
  4. Bring to the boil, then place the chicken on top. Cover with a lid or foil and transfer to the oven for 1 hr.
  5. Uncover, place the olives and lemon slices on top and drizzle the lemons with a little oil.
  6. Return to the oven for 20 mins, or until the sauce has reduced a little (you can do this on the hob if you’re short on time).
  7. Check the seasoning, adding a squeeze of lemon, more honey or salt if you think it needs it.
  8. Scatter over the pomegranate seeds, feta and mint, and serve with couscous.


(Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chicken-tagine-lemons-olives-pomegranates)