Chicken tagine

Moroccan classic: Chicken tagine is a simple dish with vibrant flavours.
Moroccan classic: Chicken tagine is a simple dish with vibrant flavours. Photo: Marcel Aucar

Chicken tagine is such a classic dish, it is very perilous to mess with it. I would suggest if you want to add your own personal touch, serve it with different grains. You could steam couscous as usual then add caramelised onion and Turkish black chilli to give it a kick, or try it with the larger pearl couscous, or freekah.


1kg free-range chicken thighs on the bone, skin removed

½ tsp salt

2 tsp smoked paprika

4 tbsp olive oil

2 large onions, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 green capsicum, roughly diced

½ tsp white pepper

30g fresh ginger, finely diced

1 tbsp sweet paprika

1 tbsp honey 

3 green chillies, halved, de-seeded and chopped into 3cm pieces

30g currants

400ml chicken or vegetable stock

1 lemon, juiced


Mix the chicken pieces with the salt, paprika and half the olive oil then marinate in the fridge while you make the sauce.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a deep pan and fry the onions, garlic and capsicum for 10 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add the pepper, ginger, paprika and honey and stir well. Add the green chillies and currants and pour over the stock. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes. Turn it off while you brown the chicken.

Heat a large, heavy-based pan over a medium heat, add the chicken pieces and fry slowly until they are golden all over. Remove the chicken from the pan, add to the sauce and cook for about 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in the lemon juice and season with extra salt if necessary.

Place in a serving dish and serve with steamed couscous.


Instead of chicken, try fish, or rabbit if you want to be more adventurous.