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Chicken Tagine

in Andalucia, Spain
By Nick Nutter | 9 Jul 2019

With its strong ties to the Arab world, it is not surprising that much of the food you will find in Granada has a Moroccan influence. Here is a classic tajine that will transport you across the Gibraltar Strait.

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PREP TIME: 10 Minutes
COOK TIME: 60 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 People

2 large chicken breasts, skin on
4 chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
2 tbsp olive oil
200g shallots, peeled or 4 small onions quartered
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 carrots, cut into chunks
500ml chicken stock
1 rounded tbsp clear honey
2 tbsp roughly chopped coriander


1. Heat oven to 180C/160C/gas 4.
2. Cut each chicken breast in half, then season all the chicken.
3. Heat the oil in a medium size 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.
4. 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.
5. Transfer to a tagine if you have one.
6. Throw the carrots into the tajine or pan and stir to coat in the spices. Arrange the chicken, skin side uppermost, on top of the shallots and squash.
7. Pour over the stock and drizzle in the honey.
8. Transfer to the oven to bake for 40 mins until tender.
9. Scatter with the coriander and serve with couscous and a bowl of harissa, if you like.

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Submitted by Bob Gaston on 6 Apr 2019
Hi Nick, Lovely recipe I'm sure, but where's the butternut squash in the ingredients ?

Reply by Nick Nutter:
Woops. We tried it with butternut squash the first time but it was too sweet so changed to carrots. Amended the ingredients, forgot to amend the methos. - Thanks for spotting.

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Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.

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