Explore MOROCCO: Chicken Tagine

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What do you think of when you see the word Morocco? Desert, perhaps? For me, it’s tile.

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I can’t get enough of the eye candy color combos, intricate patterns and textile interweaving of lines and shapes. So, I thought, how about a foray into the historical realm of Moroccan cuisine? And what better way than trying my hand at Chicken Tagine? If you’ve never made this dish before, I recommend starting with a spice mix, allowing the professionals to blend them in just the right amounts and ratio. The result – you can put this dish together in about 40 minutes start to finish. Here’s the one I used: Urban Accents Moroccan Tagine, containing a sensory overload of coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, garlic, red pepper, black pepper, basil, cumin, you get the picture.

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Start with boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut them into cubes. Brown them in a skillet with olive oil and chopped onions. Next, add the spice mix, chicken broth, and dried apricots and simmer for 30 minutes. The spice mix contains a recipe and ingredients list for reference. Serve the dish over a bed of cous cous and sprinkle with slivered almonds and fresh mint leaves. OMG!! So good.

So the word ‘tagine’ not only refers to a Moroccan tagine stew (which can be made with chicken or lamb) but also a piece of cookware historically used to slow-cook the stew.

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The terracotta earthenware tagines are made for slow cooking tagine stew over an open fire. And then some are decorative serving pieces. I cooked my dish in a stainless steel skillet and served it out of a beautiful cobalt tagine.

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Like Tony Bourdain, I like to study and reflect on the social and cultural elements that influence the food I love – in this case, Berber culture.

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There’s so much more I’m hungry to learn. But for now, I’m happy with tonight’s small mastery. Bon Apetite!

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~ by relativitygirl on September 7, 2014.

2 Responses to “Explore MOROCCO: Chicken Tagine”

  1. Looks delicious! Curious how American tagine recipes differ from the real thing

  2. Yes me too! If I go there I will report back 🙂

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