I can’t have a blog about Morocco and not share with you the Moroccan chicken tajine recipe. That wouldn’t be fair, right? Even If I mostly focus on tips and practical info’s to plan a cheap and gorgeous trip to Morocco, sharing with you some easy and traditional Moroccan recipes, straight from my mother cookbook, can be another way to discover Morocco without leaving your apartment.
In fact, if you have already tasted Moroccan chicken tagine, there is a big chance you fell in love with this delicious Moroccan dish, and you might even have your mouth watering now like me! If you never have, well, here is an opportunity for you to try it at home and give yourself, family or friends a preview of this heavenly tasteful cuisine.
Unlike other traditional Moroccan dishes that need experience and special technique, this Moroccan chicken tajine recipe is easy and quick to make. There are many variations and the one I am sharing with you below is one of the easiest.
In Morocco, marinated olives are used to decorate Moroccan tajines and add more interesting flavors. You can either buy marinated olives from your grocery store (they are not spiced the Moroccan way, but if you don’t have time that’s still a good alternative) or, if you have a few extra minutes, you can make authentic Moroccan olives yourself in less than 15 minutes, as I show in this Moroccan marinated olives recipe. And if you are new to Moroccan cuisine, you can learn more about traditional Moroccan food. Who knows, you might be checking flights to Morocco very soon!
Steps to make Moroccan Chicken Tajine
- August 8, 2018
- 4 Servings
- 60 min
- Print this
- 4 medium chicken drumsticks
- 1 cup fresh or frozen chickpeas
- 2 large potatoes peeled and sliced
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- 1 tsp (bombed) of chopped parsley
- 1 tsp (bombed) of chopped coriander
- 1 garlic clove pressed
- 1/2 tsp salt (adjust according to your taste)
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 3 and ½ cup water
- 1/4 cup olives for dressing
- Step 1
- In a cooking pot, mix the cooking oil, garlic, chopped onion, spices, chicken, and ½ cup of water, cover and let everything gently boil for 10 minutes in low heat. Stir from time to time.
- Step 2
- Add the remaining water (around 3 cups), cover the cooking pot and let the tajine cook on low to medium heat until chicken is almost ready. This might take from 20 to 40 minutes, depending on your chicken drumsticks.
- Step 3
- Once they are almost ready, add the frozen chickpeas and sliced potatoes. Cover again and let it cook until the chicken, peas, and potatoes are all tender and well cooked. This might take between 15 to 30 minutes.
- Step 4
- To nicely dress your Moroccan chicken tajine dish, put chicken, chickpeas, and potatoes in the center of your plates, and pour the remaining sauce (if any) on top.
- Step 5
- Decorate with the marinated olives.
- Step 6
- Moroccan chicken tajine is best savored with french bread or whole wheat braid. However, as I know these can be hard to find, you can eat it too with Lebanese patties or rice.