Moroccan Recipes – Chicken and Walnut Tagine

Marrakech, indeed Morocco itself, is famous for its variety of delicious tagines. This chicken & walnut tagine is one of our favourite Moroccan recipes.

Moroccan Recipes – Chicken and Walnut Tagine

Chicken and Walnut Tagine

To make this scrumptious Moroccan recipe, you will need:

  • 1 lb of fresh chicken pieces
  • 1 finely chopped medium onion
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic (approximately 2 to 3 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • A pinch of saffron threads (crumbled)
  • A small handful of chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (cubed)
  • 1/4 of a cup of water
  • 3 teaspoons of quince paste
  • 1/2 a cup of walnuts

To make the Chicken & Walnut Tagine:

  • Add vegetable oil to an unglazed clay tagine. Turn heat onto medium.
  • Add the crushed garlic and finely chopped onion.
  • Mix the pepper, ginger and salt; saffron threads, parsley and cinnamon with the quince paste and enough water to soften the mixture.
  • Rinse the chicken pieces and place them into your spice paste, making sure to coat the pieces all over.
  • Add the chicken and any remaining spice paste, plus 1/4 cup of water and the cubed butter to the tagine, cover and reduce heat to a medium-low setting.
  • Cook for 1.5 to 2 hours, checking regularly and, if necessary, adding a little more water at half hourly intervals.

cookery course marrakechYour tagine will be ready as soon as the chicken pieces feel tender. Note that some liquid should remain in the tagine when cooking is finished. Finally, toast the walnuts in a skillet over a medium-high heat, stirring them to prevent burning. As soon as your walnuts start browning, remove from heat and place on top of your tagine. Serve immediately with crusty bread or on a bed of couscous, barley or rice.

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