Tagine: Chicken and Zucchini

Moroccan flavors favor the spices used in Indian cooking like coriander, saffron  and cumin. I love these aromatic spices and the heavenly aroma.  I own a beautiful clay tagine bought from a friend who carried it from Morocco,  It makes such a beautiful presentation and keeps the dish juicy and moist.

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A tajine or tagine is a Maghrebi dish which is named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked. The pot has a unique  conical shape which helps make your dish moist by letting the steam rise, condense and trickle back down into the shallow base.

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I used my tagine right on the burner but have experimented with putting it directly in the oven at 300 degree F. Of course then you can’t see the beautiful pot simmering on your stove 🙂

 

The spices are simple, ground coriander, cumin, cayenne and some ras-el-hanout if you have it.

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Onions are a must in a tagine using them as a bed for the chicken. I have used organic chicken breasts here but bone-in chicken would be more moist.

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If you don’t have the preserved lemons, you can skip them. The marinated olive gives this dish enough tanginess.

 

Tagine: Chicken and Zucchini

  • Servings: many
  • Difficulty: easy
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a beautiful spring inspired quinoa salad

Ingredients

  • 3 organic free range chicken breasts ( or 6 chicken thighs)
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, thinly slicedIAS_0269
  • 2 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp fresh ground ginger
  • ½ tsp saffron, bloomed in a little warm water
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground fennel
  • 1 tsp ras-el-hanout
  • 2 Green Zucchini cut in rounds
  • 2 small preserved lemons
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley or cilantro
  • 5-7 Whole green olives in and couple of tablespoons of the juice
  • Pink salt

Directions

  • Marinate the chicken breasts for a couple of hours in 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp fennel powder, 1 tsp garlic and salt.
  • Heat the tagine shallow bowl on low/medium heat.
  • Add 2 tbsp oil and then the onions. Let the onions sweat for about 5 mins.
  • Add the crushed garlic and ginger and then add the chicken breast and brown them 5 mins on each side.
  • Add the remaining spices ( cumin, coriander, fennel, ras-el-hanout, saffron)
  • Add Olives and olive juice, and coarsely chopped pulp of one preserved lemon and the rind of both, cut into slivers.
  • Add cut zucchini
  • It should be moist enough that no additional water is needed.
  • Cover  with the dome and let it cook at low for 1 hr.
  • Serve sprinkled with parsley with a side of rice or bread
  • This is perfect for a weekend dinner party

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I am taking this to  Fiesta Friday #172  with Angie and our cohosts  Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Su @ Su’s Healthy Living

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Zeba this looks so good, I have had food prepared in a tagine but don’t own one, I bought one once when travelling in Morocco and it was broken on my trip back. Delicious, I really need to get one.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne…I really love cooking in it and it makes such a nice a presentation. Hope you buy one soon:)

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  2. Sandhya says:

    Zeba, I want to get a tagine after seeing your fabulous dish. I have seen some tagines in stores here. Are the ones from Morocco different?

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    1. I think they would be the same Sandhya as long as you are buying from a reputable store. I saw very cute small ones yesterday at world market store. Thanks for stopping by!

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      1. Sandhya says:

        I have to go check out the cute tagines, Zeba! Thanks for letting me know.

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  3. Wonderful flavours!!! I can imagine it smells amazing 🙂

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    1. Thanks Elaine…love the aroma. Hope you are having a fab weekend!

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      1. Thank you, and you x

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  4. Looks beautiful! My husband always asks me if I “need” a tagine. I just might! 😉

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    1. Your hubby is right, you absolutely need a Tagine Josette 🙂

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  5. Jhuls says:

    Such wonderful mixture of flavors going on in here, Zeba. I bet this tastes wonderful. Thank you for sharing at this week’s Fiesta Friday party.

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    1. Thanks so much Jhuls, it was definitely bursting with flavor!

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  6. KR says:

    Look amazing and delicious ! There are never too much chicken recipes 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You are right! We all need more chicken recipes 🙂 thanks so much for stopping by.

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  7. CHCooks says:

    Looks so delicious Zeba 🙂 I have always been in awe of tagine . I should explore more about the veggie Moroccan cooking!

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    1. Yes you should- I know you will enjoy making a beautiful vegetarian tagine 🙂

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  8. Suchitra says:

    This chicken and zucchini tangine looks so delicious! Love the ease of making it! Thanks for sharing it here at FF!

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    1. Thanks so much…it was a fun dish to make!

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  9. Antonia says:

    This looks amazing Zeba! I have a tagine, and need to use it more often. This will be a good use for it!

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    1. You must Antonia!!! Thanks 🙏

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