Exquisite Moroccan Chicken Tagine


Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of North Africa with this exquisite Moroccan Chicken Tagine. This traditional dish, renowned for its rich, aromatic flavors, is a fusion of tender chicken, vibrant spices, and sweet, dried fruits. Cooked slowly in the iconic tagine pot, every bite is a testament to the depth and complexity of Moroccan cuisine.

Exquisite Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Preparation and Cooking Times

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

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 generous portion

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 310 kcal
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Sodium: 420mg


  • Chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on): 4 pieces (about 800g or 1.76 pounds or 28 ounces)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (2 tablespoons)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 150g (5.29 ounces)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 3 (about 15g)
  • Ground cumin: 5g (1 teaspoon)
  • Ground coriander: 5g (1 teaspoon)
  • Ground cinnamon: 2g (½ teaspoon)
  • Ground ginger: 2g (½ teaspoon)
  • Chicken stock: 240ml (1 cup)
  • Dried apricots, chopped: 100g (3.5 ounces)
  • Preserved lemon, thinly sliced: 50g (1.76 ounces)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped: 30g (1 ounce)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: Season chicken thighs with salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and ginger. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Brown the Chicken: In a tagine or a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken, skin side down, and cook until browned. Remove and set aside.
  3. Sauté Aromatics: In the same pot, add onions and garlic. Sauté until soft and fragrant.
  4. Combine Ingredients: Return chicken to the pot. Add chicken stock, dried apricots, and preserved lemon.
  5. Slow Cook: Cover and simmer on low heat for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the chicken is tender.
  6. Final Touch: Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a Traditional Tagine: Cooking in a tagine allows for even, slow cooking that enhances the flavors.
  • Adjust the Sweetness: Feel free to adjust the amount of dried apricots based on your preference for sweetness.
  • Marinate Overnight: For deeper flavors, marinate the chicken overnight in the refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this in a regular pot? 

Yes, if you don’t have a tagine, use a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven.

How do I store leftovers? 

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I use chicken breast instead? 

Yes, but adjust cooking time as breasts cook faster than thighs.