Chicken + Apricot + Rosemary Tagine

Chicken + Apricot + Ginger + Rosemary Tagine

One pot. Tender meat. Stone fruits, spice and honey. There a few things more delicious than a spicy chicken tagine.

Cous Cous

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.

Rosemary Plant + Apricots

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



Simple couscous

350 g couscous

1 tbs olive oil



To serve

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


Chicken + Apricot + Ginger + Rosemary Tagine

Thank you, Morocco – where would our tastebuds be without you?

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  1. Sheena’s avatar

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! Made it for supper last night and got rave reviews, such a lovely combination of flavours!


    1. alana’s avatar

      Thanks for dropping by Sheena! I’m flattered and humbled you made this for dinner but more importantly I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


    2. Paula @ Spoons n Spades’s avatar

      This is just my kind of recipe. Warming and filling. It looks delicious!


    3. Vivian - vxdollface’s avatar

      what a wonderful and easy recipe!


    4. JasmyneTea’s avatar

      I hate apricot with chicken, but you’ve given it a sort of sexy edge with the ginger, and I bet the rosemary keeps it from feeling like something out of the 70’s. When I get my arse into gear and buy a tagine, I’ll give it a go!


    5. jessica’s avatar

      yummm! your photos look like they’ve come right out of a cookbook (or should go right into one)! :)


    6. Joanne’s avatar

      I feel like adding the word tagine to a recipe just makes it appeal infinitely more to me. I swear you can see the flavor in that sauce! And the photos are gorgeous. Just so gorgeous.


    7. Amanda’s avatar

      I am DROOLING, yes DROOLING over your pictures!



    8. Annie’s avatar

      Alana, I found your recipe on Pinterest and picked it out for the photos and added ginger, came to your blog and realised I know you! I can’t wait to make this, going to make it a Monday night special this week – so thank you :)

      Annie (Broadsheet) x


    9. Amanda sharman’s avatar

      I found this recipe and had never tried tagine,it sounded really nice and I like to try new recipes .i am vegetarian so used Quorn chicken for me but my husband and children had chicken.this was one of the best meals I have had in a while,I love the sticky glaze and flavours.will be cooking this again thank you


    10. paula morgan’s avatar

      Thank you – this recipe is so yummy and super easy to make. I have been telling all my friends about it.


    11. Vivian’s avatar

      I tried this recipe this evening – it was fantastic!


    12. Beth’s avatar

      Does anybody know if this is freezeable? If so would you just freeze the whole dish? Or leave cous cous out before freezing? Thanks!


    13. Jenny’s avatar

      This dish is spectacular AND quick, great for entertaining. Thank you!



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