Chicken tagine with couscous

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By: Rachel Allen From: Market Kitchen

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.58 / 5 (191 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
50 min

An easy recipe to bring a taste of Morocco to your kitchen from Rachel Allen


1. For the tagine: heat the oil in a large saucepan (wide enough to hold all the chicken pieces in a single layer). Add the garlic, onions, ginger and the spices. Season with salt and pepper and cook over a low heat with the lid on for about 10 minutes, or until the onions are soft.

2. Add the tomato paste, tinned tomatoes and honey and cook for a further 10 minutes, until the sauce is thick.

3. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and cover with the sauce. Simmer over a low heat with the lid on, stirring from time to time, for 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

4. For the couscous: put the couscous in a bowl, add the oil and lemon juice and mix well to coat the grains. Pour over the boiling stock and season with salt and pepper.

5. Cover and leave to sit in a warm place until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Use a fork to separate the grains and stir in the herbs and satsuma pieces.

6. To serve: serve the tagine with the couscous, lemon wedges and cooling spoonfuls of yogurt.


For the tagine

For the couscous

  • 500 g couscous
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 500 ml boiling chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander, mint or parsley
  • 2 satsumas, peeled and chopped

To serve

  • lemon wedges
  • Greek yogurt

Tips and suggestions

if you don't have a pan big enough to hold the chicken pieces in a single layer, put the chicken in a roasting tin at step 3. Cover with the sauce and cook in a preheated oven at 180C/gas 4 for 30-40 minutes.

Image credit: Rachel's Favourite Food for Friends Published by Gill & Macmillan, Dublin

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I use ground ginger, not grated, and make the sauce in a pan then pour over raw chicken in a large roasting dish and cook in the oven. It is delicious! My partner, children and numerous guests who have been served this all love it. It is a meal that is frequently served up in my house :-)

BethW81230 BethW81230  Posted 06 Oct 2013 6:54 PM

This is brilliant. Kept the chicken whole and slow cooked it in oven with a splash of extra water so as not to dry out. Very juicy flavoursome chicken that just fell off of the was the result. Use the leftover chicken and cous cous to make a salad for lunch, eating it now...yum yum, and the left over sauce well a couple of portions of soup can be made. Works out a very cheap and versatile dish!

ClaireS32263 ClaireS32263  Posted 09 Sep 2010 11:59 AM

REally easy recipe. Even my fussy children devoured it. For them I just whizzed up the sauce so there were no bits in it and then added the chicken. I didn't have corirander seeds or cumin seeds so I used already ground and it still worked really well. The suggestion now is to use the sause for lamb or prawns. Enjoy

PhilippaM9693 PhilippaM9693  Posted 20 Aug 2010 9:17 PM

Absolutely delicious and so simple. Great - definitely one to add to the recipie book!

KarenG66943 KarenG66943 Posted 14 Aug 2010 6:22 AM

made this the other day, yum. so easy and tasted delicious. didnt have any coriander seeds so used ground instead, worked just as well. was a bit dubious at how sweet it tasted to start with but by the end of the cooking time it was fine

CES1981 CES1981 Posted 14 Jul 2010 3:57 PM

I was thinking of cooking Moroccan tonight, so thanks for this great idea, will cook it tonight and let you know!
x marika

marikaG86271 marikaG86271 Posted 24 May 2010 2:30 PM

I followed the recipe to the letter and have to admit that even though I am not a great chicken lover, this was absolutely delicious being both juicy and full of many different flavours.

Nigel Mort Nigel Mort Posted 05 Apr 2010 7:43 AM

This is gorgeous really tasty and the chicken is lovely and tender! I have already made this twice in last 10 days, first time in the pan and last night I cooked the sauce in the pan then transfered to a casserole dish and then put the raw chicken in. When I was ready to eat I cooked in the oven with a lid on for 25-30mins (until chicken was done) 200c and it was yummy! I love with couscous but my hubby has it with rice. enjoy!

LovetoCook! LovetoCook! Posted 14 Feb 2010 9:38 AM

Fantastic - I did in the oven and it was a hit

mrfernz mrfernz Posted 05 Oct 2009 11:43 AM


sueM39368 sueM39368 Posted 19 Jul 2009 1:10 PM

My family really enjoyed this recipe,and have passed it round to their friends. I served it with rice instead of couscous

patsyM82171 patsyM82171 Posted 25 Jun 2009 3:18 PM

I've tried this recipe and we really enjoyed it.
Its great with grilled pitta's.

GaryL83184 GaryL83184 Posted 11 Jun 2009 7:58 PM