Write an article about Tajine and suddenly you have make it. Francene cooked this citrus chicken version and it was a delight.
Francene has a couple of Moroccan cookbooks and this recipe came from 150 best tagine recipes by Pat Crocker. (tajine / tagine both are acceptable)
Citrus Chicken Tagine – page 64
• Medium tagine
- 1 piece (1 inch/2.5 cm) fresh ginger root
- 1 piece (1 inch/2.5 cm) fresh turmeric or 1 tbsp (15 mL) ground turmeric
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 piece (2 inches/5 cm) cinnamon stick, 1 crushed fine
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 4 bone-in chicken pieces with skin (about 1 1/2 lbs/750 g)
- 1 orange, sectioned
- 1/2 cup whole dates
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice or orange flower water
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tbsp Pomegranate Molasses or store-bought or liquid honey
- 1/4 cup blanched almonds
1. In a mortar (using a pestle), smash ginger, turmeric and garlic. Pound and grind until a paste is achieved. Or, using a small food processor, blend ginger, turmeric and garlic into a paste.
2. In the bottom of a flameproof tagine, heat oil and melt butter over medium heat. Add spice paste, cinnamon and cumin and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes or until paste is lightly colored. Add chicken and toss to coat in the spices. Cook, turning frequently, for about 7 minutes or until chicken is browned on both sides.
3. Using tongs, turn chicken so that the skin is up. Tuck orange sections and dates around chicken. Stir in orange juice, lemon juice and molasses and bring to a boil. Cover with tagine lid, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken juices run clear for thighs and is no longer pink inside for breasts. Garnish with almonds.
A very easy recipe to follow and the kitchen aromas are just wonderful.
We had a six pack of chicken legs in the freezer and used them. On hindsight, I would not use legs, maybe bone in thighs or breasts cut into thirds. This isn’t finger food unless you enjoy yellow cuticles for a week. The turmeric will color and stain very easily.
We served the chicken tagine with a side of zucchini and a delightful tomato and cucumber salad.