A tagine is a traditional Moroccan dish that I’m sure many of you are well acquainted with. This version, however, takes all the delicious, sumptuous flavors of a tagine but is super easy to make! It uses a heavy-based pot in place of a traditional tagine, our Moroccan Ras el Hanout blend in place of a myriad of spices, and all cooks in one pot on the stovetop to eliminate the need for an oven and multiple cooking tools and vessels.
Combining the sweetness of honey with tender carrots, succulent, juicy chicken thighs, the spicy warmth of Ras el Hanout, and the flavor bursts of olives and preserved lemon, this one-pot wonder is a one-pot winner!
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Spices used in this recipe
Moroccan Ras el Hanout – Med
Moroccan Ras el Hanout translates in Arabic to “top of the shop”, implying the spices used are the best the seller has to offer. Our mixture has 14 different herbs and spices delicately balancing the sweet and savoury flavours to give it a complex and well-rounded flavour without being overly spicy.$3.45
Bring your chicken thighs out of the fridge about 10 mins before cooking to allow them to come to room temp. Season them on both sides with a generous pinch of salt and some pepper rub in well. Place a large, heavy-based pot on medium-high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. When nice and hot, add your chicken thighs in and brown them on each side until golden brown – about 5 mins on the first side and 4 on the other.
Remove your chicken from the pot and set it aside to rest. When cool enough, gently remove the skin and discard.
Place your pot back on medium heat and add in your onion. Saute until they begin to soften and then brown – about 5 mins (If the base of the pot begins to brown too much, add a splash of water in). Add in 3 of your minced garlic cloves and your Ras el Hanout spice blend and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add in your flour and stir to combine and toast the raw flour – another 30 seconds.
Stir in your stock, honey, and lemon zest (or preserved lemon peel) – reserving 1tsp of zest for later. Add in 1tsp of salt, scraping the base of the pot with your spoon to release all the delicious brown bits on the bottom. Add your browned and cooled chicken back into the pot along with its resting juices and cover. Reduce the heat to low-medium and simmer for 10 mins.
Add the carrots in, cover, and simmer for a further 10 minutes – until the chicken is cooked through and the carrots are still tender.
Stir in your olives, reserved lemon zest, remaining garlic, coriander, and 1tbsp of the lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice if needed. Serve with couscous and enjoy!