Chicken and Pear Tagine

    1 hour 20 minutes

    For an irresistibly tasty and tender chicken dish, try this Moroccan tagine recipe with sweet caramelised pears.

    22 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 2 onions
    • 7 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 cinnamon sticks
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 bunch freshly chopped coriander
    • 2 tablespoons freshly minced ginger
    • 125ml water
    • 30g butter
    • 2 pears, cored and sliced
    • 2 tablespoons honey

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C.
    2. Peel and slice onions. Cook in a frying pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil until onions have softened.
    3. Transfer cooked onions into the bottom of the tagine pot, then layer the chicken pieces on top.
    4. Mix turmeric, cumin, ground coriander and salt in a small bowl. Add remaining 5 tablespoons (75ml) olive oil; mix well. Rub this mixture into the chicken pieces. Place cinnamon sticks on top. Crush the bay leaves and sprinkle them over the chicken. Add chopped coriander and minced ginger. Pour in 125ml water. Cover and put into preheated oven for 50 minutes.
    5. Melt butter in frying pan over low heat. Add sliced pears and honey; cook gently until they have caramelised, about 5 minutes.
    6. Take tagine out of the oven, check chicken is cooked through. Stir in caramelised pears; return to oven for 10 more minutes before serving.

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    Chicken Tagine with Caramelised Pears
    Chicken Tagine with Caramelised Pears
    Chicken Tagine with Caramelised Pears
    Chicken Tagine with Caramelised Pears

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    Thanks for this recipe! The dish was superb. The video helped too. Used much less oil though (5 teaspoons), and it still tasted great.  -  17 Feb 2013


    As the previous reviewer said this is a very subtle flavoured tangine and is one I will being using again. I also found the indicated cook time too short. I beleive tangines like curries taste better when cooked long and low. I also love my chicken to fall off the bone. Accordingly I cooked the tangine for two and a half hours at 150C. As I used hard conference pears, I also found that the pears needed a quarter of an hour in the tangine. I know of a similar recipe from Morocco but quines are used instead of pears.  -  09 Feb 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    I just love this recipe! And amazingly my kids love it too. Very easy, and so aromatic and tasty, especially with the beautiful cinnamon sticks. (don't scrimp; use real sticks - they are lovely). I have to admit, I did not go subtle with the flavours; I doubled all of them, and I used chicken stock instead of water. I made this in a cast iron casserole; it was perfect. Served it with cous-cous cooked with sultanas.  -  08 Nov 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)