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North African chicken tagine

Easy and freezable, this chicken tagine will be a family favourite in no time

  • Prep: 15 mins
    Cook: 1 hrs 25 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy
  • Serves 4
  • Easy
  • Calories 630
  • Carbohydrates 16
  • Saturated Fat 10
  • Sugar 10
  • Protein 58
  • Fat 38
  • Fibre 3
  • Salt 0.86

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 630
  • Carbohydrates 16
  • Saturated Fat 10
  • Sugar 10
  • Protein 58
  • Fat 38
  • Fibre 3
  • Salt 0.86

Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts, skin on
  • 4 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g shallots, peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 4cm piece ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • large pinch saffron threads
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch crushed dried chilli
  • 375g peeled butternut squash, cut into chunks
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 1 rounded tbsp clear honey
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped coriander

Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C/gas 4. Cut each chicken breast in half, then season all the chicken. Heat the oil in a mediumsize ovenproof casserole dish. Add the chicken, skin-side down, and brown well all over – you can do it in batches. Remove from the pan and set aside.

  2. Lower heat slightly, add the shallots to the pan and cook until golden brown all over. Add the garlic and grated ginger and cook for 30 secs before adding all the spices and cooking for 1 min more.

  3. Throw the butternut squash into the pan and stir to coat in the spices. Arrange the chicken, skin side uppermost, on top of the shallots and squash. Pour over the stock and drizzle in the honey. Bring to a gentle simmer, then transfer to the oven to bake for 40 mins until tender. Scatter with the coriander and serve with couscous and a bowl of harissa, if you like.

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