Chicken Pistachio Tagine

    1 hour 45 min

    I tasted this chicken tagine in a Moroccan restaurant a few years ago. I liked it so much that I tried to recreate it myself! I found that this version is even better! This tagine is really easy to do, and guests will love it.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1.25kg skinless chicken breasts fillets, cut into large cubes
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 onions, minced
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 750ml chicken stock
    • 3 small preserved lemons (optional)
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • black pepper to taste
    • 100g sultanas
    • 150g shelled pistachio nuts
    • 50g fresh coriander leaves
    • 300g couscous
    • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped mint

    Prep:1hr  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. In a pan, sauté the diced chicken in the olive oil in a casserole over medium heat until lightly browned. Remove from the pan.
    2. Add the onions and garlic to the pan, add more olive oil if necessary and cook until onions are translucent.
    3. Return chicken to the casserole with the onions. Add chicken stock, lemons (if desired), cumin, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, paprika, salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. Stir in the sultanas, pistachios and coriander (save some leaves to decorate) and simmer for 15 more minutes.
    5. Meanwhile, prepare the couscous: add the couscous into a bowl, boil 500ml of water and pour over the couscous. Cover and set aside until there is no more water. Use a fork to stir and separate the grains. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of olive oil, chopped mint, salt and pepper. Mix well.
    6. Serve the tagine and sauce over the couscous and garnish with a few coriander leaves.

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    I made this and used stock cubes and it was ok, I served this last night and used real chicken stock and it made so much difference, everyone enjoyed it.  -  20 Nov 2011


    Tried this out and loved it. Had no turmeric so missed that but was delicious. Many thanks for posting it.  -  07 May 2012


    Great flavoursome recipe enjoyed by the whole family. Easy to prepare ahead as reheating even the next day only improves the flavour. No tweaking required!  -  10 Nov 2010