Chicken Tagine with a Tangy Twist


Embark on a culinary journey with Sumac Chicken Tagine, a dish that perfectly encapsulates the essence of Moroccan cuisine. This recipe brings together the succulent flavors of chicken with the tart, lemony taste of sumac, all simmered to perfection in a traditional tagine. The combination of spices, the tenderness of the chicken, and the distinct sumac flavor create a dish that is both comforting and exotic, ideal for a family feast or a special occasion.

Chicken Tagine with a Tangy Twist

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: Makes about 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 portion

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Sodium: 300mg


  • Chicken pieces (thighs and drumsticks): 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
  • Sumac: 30g (0.07 lbs / 1 oz)
  • Onion, thinly sliced: 200g (0.44 lbs / 7 oz)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 15g (0.03 lbs / 0.5 oz)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Chicken broth: 500ml (17 oz)
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped: For garnish
  • Lemon slices: For serving

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Season Chicken: Rub the chicken pieces with sumac, salt, and pepper.
  2. Brown Chicken: In a tagine or heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil and brown the chicken on all sides.
  3. Sauté Aromatics: Add onion and garlic, sautéing until translucent.
  4. Simmer: Add chicken broth, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for about 1 hour until the chicken is tender.
  5. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with lemon slices.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Quality of Sumac: Use fresh, high-quality sumac for the best flavor.
  • Slow Cooking: Cook on low heat for tender and flavorful chicken.
  • Tagine Cooking: If using a traditional tagine, follow specific instructions for seasoning and temperature control.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dish without a tagine? 

Yes, a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven works well.

How can I store leftovers? 

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can I use other parts of the chicken? 

Yes, but adjust cooking time accordingly.