Chicken Tagine with Prunes, Apricots and Roasted Almonds

    9 hours 40 minutes

    The warm flavours of cinnamon, dried fruits and chicken make this tagine a Moroccan classic!


    Queensland, Australia
    5 people made this

    Serves: 5 

    • 2 medium onions, finely diced
    • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely diced
    • few sprigs fresh coriander, finely chopped
    • 1⁄2 bunch fresh flatleaf parsley, finely chopped
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1⁄2 lemon, juice only
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 5 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 10 chicken legs, skinned, rinsed under cold running water and patted dry
    • pinch saffron
    • 1 chicken stock cube
    • 500g dried prunes
    • 6 tablespoons sugar
    • 500g dried apricots
    • 250g almonds, blanched, skinned and toasted

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour10min  ›  Extra time:8hours marinating  ›  Ready in:9hours40min 

    1. In a large bowl, mix half of the onion, half of the garlic, half of the coriander and half of the parsley. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of the ginger, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and the turmeric then season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Rub the chicken legs with the mixture to coat.
    2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to marinade for 2-3 hours, or, for best results, overnight in the fridge.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350F/Gas 4).
    4. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the chicken on both sides until slightly brown and set aside.
    5. Put the remaining olive oil, onion, garlic and 1 teaspoon of ginger into a tagine or into an ovenproof pot with a lid. Stir the mixture and place the chicken on top.
    6. Heat the saffron in a dry pan and sprinkle it over the chicken. Sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper and 2 teaspoon cinnamon over the chicken and add a splash of water. Crumble the stock cube into the water and sprinkle with the remaining fresh parsley and coriander.
    7. Bake in the oven with the lid on for about 1 hour, or until tender.
    8. In a saucepan, cover the dried prunes with water and bring to the boil. Add half of the sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Turn down the heat and let the prunes simmer until caramelised.
    9. In another saucepan, cover the apricots with water and bring to the boil. Add the rest of the sugar and the rest of the cinnamon. Turn down the heat and let the apricots simmer until caramelised.
    10. Check the tagine regularly, making sure that the sauce doesn’t dry.
    11. To serve, garnish the tagine with the caramelised prunes and apricots and the toasted almonds.


    I recommend using gloves when making the rub for the chicken otherwise the tumeric will stain your fingers for days. If you do not have a tagine, use a large casserole dish with a lid. I only use half the fruit dictated in the recipe since there is so much.

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