One pot. Tender meat. Stone fruits, spice and honey. There a few things more delicious than a spicy chicken tagine.
Rather than dousing everything in a variety of spices tonight I’ve opted for a different blend of flavours by marrying ginger with rosemary; a herb normally too pungent for chicken, but in this dish it is subtle, fragrant and wonderfully fresh. The beauty of this meal, and every variation of it, is that you can prepare it earlier in the day, pop the entire pot in the fridge and then re-heat it over the stove when you’re ready! It was also a nice opportunity to pick some fresh rosemary from the garden; our new plant being a recent gift from some family friends. This recipe will serve 4 people.
Chicken + Apricot + Ginger + Rosemary Tagine
1 kg chicken thigh fillet (8 pieces), sliced
3 tbs olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 long sprig rosemary – 1/3rd finely chopped, the remainder cut in half
40 g fresh ginger, minced
2 red chillies, finely chopped (and de-seeded for the sensitive)
2 cinnamon sticks OR 1 tsp freshly ground ginger
2 tsp ground corriander seeds
3 tbs honey
200 g dried apricots, cut in halves
1 x 400 g can cherry tomatoes
350 g couscous
1 tbs olive oil
Bunch of corriander
Handful of pinenuts
1. Prepare a tagine or heavy-based casserole over medium-high heat with olive oil. Add the onion, rosemary, ginger, chilli, cinnamon and corriander seeds and stir until fragrant.
2. Add the chicken pieces and cook until golden brown.
3. Add the honey, dried apricots, rosemary sprigs, cherry tomatoes and salt and stir to combine. Cover your tagine/pot with the lid and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken has cooked through.
4. Remove lid and continue to simmer until the liquid has reduced to a sticky glaze (around 20 minutes).
5. To prepare the couscous pour grains into a heat proof bowl and (just barely) cover with boiling water. Add oil, salt and quickly cover with plastic wrap. Allow to sit for 10 minutes to absorb the water. Remove plastic and fluff the grains with a fork.
6. To serve place chicken tagine and couscous in separate, large dishes. Adorn with chopped coriander and pine nuts
Thank you, Morocco – where would our tastebuds be without you?