Chicken and Onion Tagine

Moroccan Chicken and Onion Tagine Recipe - Tagine of Chicken with Onions

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


1 whole chicken, cut into quarters
2 large onions, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, pressed or finely chopped
salt, about 1 1/2 teaspoons
pepper, about 1 teaspoon
ginger, about 1 teaspoon
cumin, about 1/2 teaspoon
turmeric, about 1/2 teaspoon
Ras el Hanout, about 1/4 teaspoon (optional)
1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup water

This dish is best prepared in a clay or ceramic tagine. You can opt to use a Dutch oven or deep skillet with a lid, but there will be some compromise in flavor.

Place half of the onion slices and the pressed garlic across the bottom of a tagine. Arrange the chicken, skin side up, on top of the onions.

With your fingers, sprinkle the spices over the the chicken. Add the olive oil, allowing some of it to dribble over the chicken, and then add the water. Arrange the remaining onion rings on top of the chicken.

Cover the tagine and place it over medium-low heat. Allow the tagine to heat slowly to a simmer, and then reduce the heat to the lowest temperature necessary to maintain the simmer. Cook the chicken without turning until very tender, about two hours for a regular chicken or three hours for a free range chicken. Test by seeing if you can easily pinch the meat off the bone.

Towards the end of cooking, check to be sure there is enough liquid to prevent the onions from scorching. Add a bit more water if necessary, keeping in mind that there should be relatively little sauce in the finished tagine; the sauce comprises mostly onions and oils.

Serve the chicken directly from the tagine with Moroccan bread for scooping everything up.

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