Moroccan Chicken Tajine with peas
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Moroccan Chicken Tagine Recipe (Authentic & Easy)

This Moroccan Chicken tagine recipe has been in my family for years. Extremely easy to make and full of flavors. You will love it!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: africain, Moroccan
Keyword: Moroccan chicken tagine, Moroccan dish, Moroccan Tagine
Servings: 4
Calories: 408kcal
Author: Safa, moroccanzest


  • 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 fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp (bombed) of chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • 1/2 tsp salt (adjust according to your taste)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 4 cups water 3 cups if cooking in a traditional tagine clay pot
  • 1/4 cup marinated olives for dressing


  • 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.
  • Add the remaining water, cover the cooking pot and let cook on low to medium heat until chicken is almost ready. This might take from 30 to 50 minutes, depending on your chicken drumsticks. If you are using a traditional tagine pot, it can take a little more.
  • Once they are almost ready, add the frozen chickpeas and sliced potatoes. Cover again and let cook until the chicken, peas, and potatoes are all tender and well cooked. This can take between 30 to 40 minutes. You might have to add more water if your potatoes are very absorbent or if your sauce gets evaporated.
  • 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.
  • Decorate with the marinated olives.


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.