Moroccan Chicken Tagine

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Chicken tagine is a traditional Moroccan dish of chicken pieces braised with spices, garlic, onion, olives, and preserved lemons. It’s company-worthy yet easy to throw together.

moroccan chicken tagine

Tweaked a bit from Cook’s Illustrated, this is my favorite chicken tagine, the traditional Moroccan dish of chicken pieces braised with spices, garlic, onion, olives, and preserved lemons. It’s festive and company-worthy yet also easy enough to throw together on a not-too-busy weeknight. The word tagine refers to the shallow clay vessel with a cone-shaped lid that the dish is traditionally cooked in, but you don’t need one to make it.

I use a large cast-iron braiser; a wide Dutch oven or a heavy covered skillet will work, too. The recipe does not call for preserved lemons, a specialty ingredient that can be difficult to find. Instead, lemon zest and fresh lemon juice add tart brightness to the dish. Serve the chicken on a platter or individual plates atop a bed of couscous.

What you’ll need To Make Chicken Tagine

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

While you can use a whole cut-up chicken for chicken tagine, my preference is to use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs only. They provide a good amount of meat and remain tender even if slightly overcooked, and the bones and skin add depth of flavor and richness to the sauce (though the skin is removed midway through cooking). Sometimes, I pull the meat off the bone before serving — makes it easier and more appealing for the kids to eat — but serving the chicken on the bone is traditional.

How To Make Chicken Tagine

To begin, combine the spices in small bowl.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Mix well and set aside.

Zest the lemon. Combine 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest with 1 minced garlic clove; set aside.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Season both sides of chicken pieces with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat until beginning to smoke. Brown the chicken pieces skin side down in single layer until deep golden, about 5 minutes.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Using tongs, flip the chicken pieces over and brown the other side, about 4 minutes more. how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Transfer the chicken to a large plate; when cool enough to handle, peel off the skin and discard.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Pour off and discard all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan, reduce the heat to medium, and add the onion.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Cook, stirring occasionally, until they have browned at the edges but still retain their shape, 5 to 7 minutes (add a few tablespoons of water if the pan gets too dark).

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Add the remaining minced garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the spices and flour.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Stir in the broth, honey, remaining lemon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Add the chicken (with any accumulated juices) back in, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Scatter the carrots around the chicken, cover, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the carrots are tender-crisp, about 10 minutes more.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Add the olives, garlic-zest mixture, cilantro, and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Stir to combine and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired.

how to make moroccan chicken tagine

Serve with couscous.

moroccan chicken tagine

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Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Chicken tagine is a traditional Moroccan dish of chicken pieces braised with spices, garlic, onion, olives, and preserved lemons. It’s company-worthy yet easy to throw together.

Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 4 pounds), trimmed of excess skin and fat (see note)
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, halved and cut into 1/4-in-thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 large or 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick coins
  • 1/2 cup Greek cracked green olives, pitted and halved (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. Combine the spices in a small bowl and set aside. Zest the lemon. Combine 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest with 1 minced garlic clove; set aside.
  2. Season both sides of chicken pieces with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or pan over medium-high heat until beginning to smoke. Brown the chicken pieces skin side down in single layer until deep golden, about 5 minutes; using tongs, flip the chicken pieces over and brown the other side, about 4 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a large plate; when cool enough to handle, peel off the skin and discard. Pour off and discard all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until they have browned at the edges but still retain their shape, 5 to 7 minutes (add a few tablespoons of water now and then if the pan gets too dark). Add the remaining minced garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the spices and flour and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the broth, honey, remaining lemon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits. Add the chicken (with any accumulated juices) back in, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the carrots, cover, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the carrots are tender-crisp, about 10 minutes more.
  5. Stir in the olives, reserved lemon zest-garlic mixture, cilantro, and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice; taste the sauce and adjust seasoning with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Serve with couscous.
  6. Note: Don't fret too much over trimming the chicken thighs. The skin gets removed midway through the cooking process and most of the fat will cook off and get drained. I usually just take kitchen shears and quickly snip off any excess skin or fat. Cracked green olives are olives that have been ‘cracked’ or split open before curing, allowing the brine or marinade to penetrate. You can find them in your supermarket’s olive bar, or substitute any green olive that you like.
  7. Make-Ahead: After you have completed the step of cooking the carrots, the dish can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. To serve, gently warm on the stove until the chicken is heated through, then proceed to the step where the olives and remaining ingredients are added.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 chicken thigh
  • Calories: 367
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 47 g
  • Sodium: 794 mg
  • Cholesterol: 215 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Exquisite recipe. The best tajine I’ve ever tasted, anywhere.

    • — Raja on November 10, 2019
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  • We made this last night and we really liked it. My wife doesn’t like olives so I substituted dried apricots. Very good, it went into the recipe folder. Next time more spices!

    • — Brian Swarthout on October 3, 2019
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  • I have also been to Morocco and this recipe is a wonderful example of cuisine from the area. All the spices, lemon, garlic, etc. made this dish a “keeper”. The only thing I did extra was cook down the sauce for 5 minutes to thicken it.
    This recipe is a perfect dish to make for company.

    • — Kathryn Essex on October 1, 2019
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  • Have cooked and enjoyed many of your recipes over the last couple of years. I actually made my own version of this last night so when your email came in I was curious to see how it was made. The main difference between mine and yours is the chicken. I used skinless thighs and then rubbed the spice mixture all over, poked them all over with a fork and let it marinate for several hours. Then I browned it afterwards. I find it visually more appealing this way and the flavour penetrates the chicken. Keep up the good work.

    • — Richard on September 26, 2019
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  • After dinner, hubby exclaimed “thanks for dinner honey, that was really tasty!” And he’s not one to compliment easily, so thanks Jenn! 💙 I couldn’t find bone in, skin on chicken thighs at the store, but still wanted to cook this recipe, and it turned out great to use skinless/boneless! I love that we get leftovers with this dish too, makes life so much easier when you have a baby and wild toddler. Will be adding this recipe to my monthly rotation.

    • — Frenchie cooking mama on September 19, 2019
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  • Amazing depth to the sauce in a very short time!! Really delicious and great use of chicken thighs. We tried it with couscous and felt like a dinner at a restaurant!

    • — Bonnie M. on September 17, 2019
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  • WOW! Made this last night for dinner, chucked in a few dried apricots and put it in the oven instead of simmering on the stovetop. It came out beautifully! My first chicken tagine and I was a bit dubious about how it would turn out but it was incredible. Love this recipe, Jenn!

    • — Nikki on September 10, 2019
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  • This was a delicious meal and a different set of flavors, with lemon zest and olives giving lots of yummy zing to the sauce. The recipe is easy to follow, and the only change I would make is to cook the carrots longer, putting them in with the chicken pieces rather than only giving them 10 minutes. I think the recipe would work as well with bone-in breast pieces of chicken, and I will probably try that next time as I find thighs too fatty for my taste.
    Definitely will make this again!

    • — Dianne on August 2, 2019
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  • Thank you for sharing this recipe.
    I just came back from my Morroccan vacation and was missing the delicious food. I made this and everyone thought it was excellent.

    • — Mary on July 27, 2019
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  • I have made chicken tagine in the past and it always came out amazing however i wanted to try a different recipe for chicken tagine and found this recipe and i was very disappointed. The flour amount in the recipe is way too much and the honey was also a problem for me since it made the recipe’s flavor too sweet. Overall the final product tastes and looks so different than an authentic chicken tagine looks and tastes like.

    • — Mia on July 25, 2019
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    • Which recipe did you like best?

      • — Jocelynne Broderick on August 9, 2019
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  • Great! Made it ahead of time for company. Everyone loved it and went back for seconds. Really liked the way the spices, chicken essence and honey came together. Lovely, different, healthy and satisfying. I couldn’t find the olives specified and substituted Kalamata. I think next time I’ll just go with a meaty green olive instead b/c to me the Kalamata were a bit strong in contrast to the earthy, almost delicate sauce. I used no flour in order to make it GF and safe for guest with Celiac Disease–delicious and flour not missed. Another one for the permanent rotation. Thanks, Jenn!

    • — Diane on June 24, 2019
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  • Looks delicious. Can it be made and frozen?

    • — Rosemary on June 10, 2019
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    • Hi Rosemary, You can definitely freeze this and reheat it in the oven when you’re ready to eat it. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 10, 2019
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  • This is a wonderful recipe! I’ve made it a few times and it’s certainly become a family favourite. I served it with couscous, roasted chickpeas and roasted butternut. A 5 star dish.

    • — Liesl on April 28, 2019
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  • I would love to try this recipe but I’m allergic to paprika 🙁 What should I use instead? Or just leave it out? I love all your recipes, thanks so much!

    • — Turtle on April 21, 2019
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    • Hi Turtle, It’s fine to just leave it out. Enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on April 21, 2019
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  • Jenn, I made this tonite with the preserved lemon and it was soooo delicious. Of course I can’t compare it to the dish had I used lemon zest and juice but it is a winner and absolutely scrumptious. My adult son came for dinner and loved it. I threw in a few apricots and dates for good luck! Really good! Thank you for sharing your talents with us all. I don’t think there is one of your recipes that we haven’t thought was excellent !

    • — Donna on April 17, 2019
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    • Thanks for reporting back, Donna. So happy it turned out well! ❤️

      • — Jenn on April 17, 2019
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  • Jenn, this sounds delicious and coming from you, it can’t be anything but the best! I have some preserved lemons that I got for a potato kugel recipe. I’d like to use them in this recipe but am not sure what to leave out. Should I leave out both the lemon zest and the lemon juice and replace them with 1/2 preserved lemon or a whole? Also, would you just use the skin of the preserved lemon and throw away the flesh or just chop up the whole thing? Thanks in advance for this as well as ALL your wonderful recipes. You’re my go to as every single recipe you post is an A+!

    • — Donna on April 16, 2019
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    • Yes I’d omit the lemon zest and juice, then just use the thinly sliced rind of one preserved lemon. I’d love to know how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on April 16, 2019
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  • This is an incredibly delicious dish. It turned out exactly like the picture above. Wonderful aroma while cooking.

    • — Elaine on April 11, 2019
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  • I made it yesterday and followed the recipe. It was awesome. I also paired it with your recipe of couscous and green beans and it was great too. Thanks for sharing your cooking talent. Since I found your book and blog, I’m more motivated to cook. My husband always asks me where I got the recipe, if I say from Once Upon A Chef, he is happy because he knows it will be delicious as everything we have tried from your book/blog. Thanks again.

    • — Celia on April 11, 2019
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  • I made this for my family and it was a big hit. The flavors are amazing and the one-pan-dish makes cooking and cleaning up easy!

    • — Susanne Dieper on April 11, 2019
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  • Made this for a big family dinner, and everyone loved it – I like my carrots more cooked, so I added them before the chicken and cooked them in the broth for a little before adding the chicken. Absolutely delicious!

    • — Sandy on March 20, 2019
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  • I just made this using boneless thighs and it’s absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe as written. That sauce! So so good. The spices are subtle but everything together is so flavorful. Had it over yellow with a side of green beans. Beautiful and delicious meal. Lots of leftovers too.

    • — Minnie on March 15, 2019
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  • Any suggestions for vegetable sides, preferably green?

    Thanks, Karen

    • — Karen on March 13, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn I always love all your recipes! Wanted to try this one but all I have is chicken breast, will that work okay? Thanks

    • — Melissa on March 3, 2019
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    • Hi Melissa, So glad you enjoy the recipes! Although I think this is best and more moist with thighs, yes, you can use chicken breasts on the bone (cut the breasts in half before cooking). When you add the chicken back to the pan, I’d reduce the cooking time by about 5 minutes. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on March 5, 2019
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  • This was very good.

    • — Lesley on March 3, 2019
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  • I don’t like olives. Could I use chopped dried apricots instead? If so when should I add them to soften them?

    • — Lesley on March 2, 2019
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    • Sure, Lesley, I think apricots would be nice here. You could add them with the chicken it gets returned to the Dutch oven. I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on March 5, 2019
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  • Followed exactly! FANTASTIC! Thank you for yet another wonderful recipe! Will make often!

    • — CHRISTINE PAULL on February 16, 2019
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    • I want to make my Chicken in Tagine, Can I convert from the pan that is shown

      • — Sandee on February 26, 2019
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      • Hi Sandee, I have to admit that I don’t know if a tagine can be used on the stove-top so, to be safe, I’d recommend sticking with the pan for this. Sorry!

        • — Jenn on February 27, 2019
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        • I use my Emile Henry tangine pan on top of my gas stovetop always! No problem at all!

          • — Paula on May 7, 2019
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      • If you google “heat diffuser for tagine,” you will find a piece of flat metal that sits between the burner and the tagine. As the name infers, it diffuses and distributes heat evenly so that your ceramic tagine can safely simmer without cracking. I have been making tagines on the stove top for years this way and have never had an issue with the tagine cracking. Hope this helps!

        • — Elaine in San Francisco on September 26, 2019
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        • Very helpful, Elaine — I’m sure readers will appreciate your input! 🙂

          • — Jenn on September 26, 2019
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  • This worked out really well. So delicious, I will make it again soon.

    • — Judy on February 10, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn,
    Want to make Moroccan Chicken Tagine recipe but need to be able to freeze it for future use.
    Would love to reheat it in oven using Tagine.
    Any suggestions?
    Thanks, Bonnie

    • — Bonnie on February 4, 2019
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    • Hi Bonnie, You can definitely freeze this and reheat it in the oven. I’d reheat it in a 350-degree oven until heated through. (Add a little chicken broth or water to thin the sauce, if necessary.)

      • — Jenn on February 5, 2019
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  • This sounds amazing! I plan to make this along with the couscous. Are there any appetizers you would suggest to go along with this?

    • — Sande on January 28, 2019
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    • Hi Sande, this would pair nicely with my hummus or you could use this as a “starter” salad.

      • — Jenn on January 29, 2019
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  • This recipe is perfect! It is both easy and wonderfully flavorful. My whole family loved it!

    • — Stephanie Nolan on January 26, 2019
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  • This was delicious…this recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you!

    • — Kelley on January 23, 2019
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  • This is another winner in our house. I skipped browning the chicken and sautéed the onions in a little olive oil. After making the sauce I poured it over the chicken in baking pans and baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes uncovered and another 15 or 20 covered. I will make this again! Thanks again Jenn!

    • — Kathy on January 13, 2019
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  • Hello Jenn. As usual this looks wonderful. I was wondering if I could skip browning the chicken and, instead, use a little olive oil to saute the onions and then bake the dish in the oven instead of on the stove. Thanks.

    • — Kathy on January 8, 2019
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    • Sure, Kathy, I think that should work. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 10, 2019
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  • The dish was easy to make and then smell of the spices were incredible. I think I added too much lemon so next time i’ll add half the amount so the spices remain prominent and i’ll cut my carrots smaller. I’m grateful for these recipes; thank you for sharing with us!

    • — Nancy Burroughs on December 24, 2018
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  • My son recently studied abroad in the Middle East and came home with a whole new love for Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. Although this recipe was a bit more labor intensive than I usually commit to it was worth every ingredient and step! One of the most delicious recipes I’ve ever made!!!

    • — Kelly on December 20, 2018
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  • This was delicious, even luscious with its rich, savory flavors. I made the full recipe for my wife, and we enjoyed this for three dinners. The prep seemed to take me longer than suggested here, but that was fine; in fact, I found preparing and organizing everything to be relaxing and peaceful. I wouldn’t change a thing. Delicious!

    • — Tom Forsthoefel on December 20, 2018
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  • I’ve made a lot of your recipes Jenn and really loved them. Unfortunately this one was just OK. I followed the recipe exactly and while the finished dish looked good, it lacked a depth of flavor I’ve come to appreciate in other morrocan dishes I’ve made. I won’t make this one again.

    • — Gillian on November 30, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I would love to try this but have an infant under 1 year old so honey is out. There also seems to be some contention over whether maple syrup is safe (or I would just use that). Can I substitute brown sugar, and if yes, would it be the same amount? Also, I have a Costco size jar of kalamata olives I would love to use up, can I replace the green olives with them in this recipe without altering the flavour too much?

    Thanks in advance, love the site!

    • — Bry on November 27, 2018
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    • Sure, Bry – brown sugar (same amount) would be a perfect substitute. And it’s fine to use any kind of olive you like. Please let me know how it turns out. 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 27, 2018
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  • My wife and l loved this dish. It was delicious! It was a little labor intensive for an amateur with no skills (me) but it’ll be easier next time and there will definitely be a next time. Thank you for a great, hearty meal.

    • — Jerry T on November 18, 2018
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  • Hello Jenn I love your blog! I was searching for a recipe to knock off Zoe’s Moroccan chicken and found you instead. I’m going to try this but was wondering – can I sub chicken breasts for the thighs? Would that require increasing cook time? What do you think? ( I’m already checking out more of your recipes!)
    Thank you, Holly

    • — Holly Gordon on November 15, 2018
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    • Hi Holly, glad you happened to find the blog! Although I think this is best and more moist with thighs, yes, you can use chicken breasts on the bone (cut the breasts in half before cooking). When you add the chicken back to the pan, I’d reduce the cooking time by about 5 minutes. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 16, 2018
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      • Thank you Jenn!

        • — Holly on November 17, 2018
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  • I just made this!!! It’s so delicious thank you

    • — Lily on November 15, 2018
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  • This is a very different mix of flavors, and I was not sure what I would think. Nobody in my family is particularly fond of sweet undertones in our meals, so I was a little skeptical. I also couldn’t quite reconcile the honey/cinnamon with the cayenne and green olives/cilantro prior to making this. As I always do, I made it (almost) exactly as written, except I doubled the carrots. I made it with Jenn’s Perfect Couscous. This is extremely tasty and my most sweet-intolerant child seemed to love it the most. It is a beautiful dish with complex flavors, and the sauce is really delicious on the couscous. I think it tasted even better the next day as leftovers. I am happy to have something a little different to add to my repertoire. I would recommend having every ingredient measured out ahead of time, except for the honey, as it will really help once you get going. Jenn, I often wonder what we would eat with out you. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents. I am grateful for you many times a week.

    • — Mary M. on November 12, 2018
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    • So glad you enjoyed it, Mary! 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 12, 2018
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  • Awesome. I have zero cooking skills but I just followed the instructions and voila, delicious flavorful meal.

    • — YK on November 10, 2018
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  • Absolutely delicious! What a wonderful aromatic meal – in both taste, texture, and smells. My home took on a magical quality of fragrance and smells. Made the dish exactly as suggested – didn’t change a thing. Superb!

    • — Renee Orozco on November 8, 2018
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  • Made this last night for dinner and it was fantastic! I adapted the recipe so it would cook in the slow cooker. (Basically browned the chicken and made the gravy, then transferred it and cooked on low. Finished with a splash of lemon juice and garnish of coriander). The house smelled amazing and will make again! Thanks for another great meal!

    • — Jennifer on November 5, 2018
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  • I thought this was a little too sweet, but I’ve never had chicken tagine before, so maybe that’s just part of the tradition. I’ll try it with half the honey honey next time though. It certainly made the kitchen smell fantastic.

    • — Kate on November 5, 2018
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  • Quite stunning. The broth is so deliciously unctuous that serving in a bowl to maximize flavors is a must. Loved this one, the spice rub has such a deep and floral quality with the coriander.

    • — Josh on November 5, 2018
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  • May I use skinless, boneless chicken thighs? My guess would be it would be okay since it seems several people have used breasts and still loved it!

    • — Sally Brogan on November 3, 2018
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    • Sure, Sally. I’d cut down on the searing time though; 1 to 2 minutes on each side should do it.

      • — Jenn on November 4, 2018
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  • This recipe is a winner (as Jenn’s usually are). The flavors are wonderful!

    • — Mary on November 3, 2018
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  • I apologize for being a little late to the party; I just discovered your wonderful blog and this recipe!

    I’d love to try this recipe; I just wish you’d included instructions for preparing in an actual tagine. I realize tagines fall into the category of “specialized cookware” and you want to ensure your recipes are accessible to the majority of your readers, but perhaps a note at the end of the recipe detailing the changes in technique one would need to make if one has and wants to use the type of equipment (in this case, a clay tagine) would be helpful to those of us who have it, and in which this type of recipe would traditionally be prepared.

    The trouble is, I use my tagine so infrequently I tend to forget which steps in a recipe I can and cannot do in it (i.e., can I brown the chicken in it on the stove top, or do I need to do that in a separate skillet & then transfer the chicken to the tagine?)

    Providing that information in tagine recipes would encourage me to use my tagine more frequently. She’s sad. And lonely…

    • — Twirly Girly on November 2, 2018
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    • I have to admit that I don’t know if a tagine can be used on the stove-top so, to be safe, I’d recommend sticking with the pan for this (sorry that your tagine will remain sad and lonely)… 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2018
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    • I made this in a tangine and it was awesome! My dinner guests were impressed and thought it was a super sophisticated meal. 🙂

      It was my first time using a tangine. I bought it because I like trying different cooking techniques and methods from around the world. (If you ever need to borrow something for the kitchen, I probably have it!) As far as how make this recipe using your tangine I suggest you do what I did — educate yourself using Google and YouTube. It won’t take long; you’ll get some great tips; and you’ll learn a little historical context to impress your dinner guests.

      • — Thom on December 22, 2018
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  • Hi jenn I just finished making this and my house smells amazing. I plan to serve it tonight. We are just two people. I made the full recipe to try before making it for a dinner party. Can I freeze half the chicken and sauce for a future meal for just us. Would I reheat it in the oven. Thanks.
    Lynn

    • — Lynn Weinstein on November 2, 2018
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    • Hi Lynn, Yes, you can definitely freeze half. You can reheat in the oven or on the stovetop over low heat. Add a little water or chicken broth to thin the sauce if necessary. Enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2018
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  • Wonderful, wonderful dish! I served your perfect couscous on the side. My husband could not stop raving. Thank you Jenn!

    • — Belinda on November 2, 2018
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  • Hi Jenn, LOVE your cookbook and your recipes, thanks so much for sharing! I have preserved lemons, would you please tell me how to incorporate them in this recipe? Thanks again!

    • — MichelleA on November 2, 2018
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    • Hi Michelle, I wouldn’t recommend the preserved lemons here. Preserved lemons contain some salt and because I didn’t test the recipe using them, I’m not sure how it would impact the amount of salt you’d need to add. I think you’ll love this version of it, though!

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2018
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  • I made this tonight and it was delicious! My husband doesn’t care for chicken thighs so I used breasts instead and they too were delicious. I also added preserved lemon for some extra citrus. I noticed that the written recipe at the end didn’t reflect the lemon juice or zest in the ingredients. It was a little confusing when it came time to finish the dish but it didn’t matter. It turned out really well. Have your spoon ready to scoop up the “gravy”. It’s so tasty! Thanks for a great dish!

    • — Jenny on November 1, 2018
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    • Hi Jenny, So glad you enjoyed it! Adding the reserved zest-garlic mixture in the last step — I have updated the instructions to make it more clear. Sorry for any confusion!

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2018
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  • This looks delicious. I am on a strict low sodium diet. What can I use in place of the olives?

    • — Luisa on November 1, 2018
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    • Hi Luisa, You can just leave them out…or you could add more carrots or some dried apricots if you like.

      • — Jenn on November 1, 2018
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  • I burnt the heck out of my dutch oven. What can I do differently?

    • — whitley on November 1, 2018
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    • Hi Whitley, At what stage during the cooking process did the pan burn?

      • — Jenn on November 1, 2018
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  • Can I use fresh ginger instead of ground ginger?

    • — Karen on November 1, 2018
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    • Sure, but you’ll need more – about 1.5 tsp. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2018
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  • Can u use chicken breast instead of thighs.

    • — Felice on November 1, 2018
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    • Hi Felice, Although I think this is best and more moist with thighs, yes, you can use chicken breasts on the bone (cut the breasts in half before cooking). When you add the chicken back to the pan, I’d reduce the cooking time by about 5 minutes. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2018
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  • My family does not like dark meat chicken. Can you substitute with white meat? What adjustments would need to be made?

    • — Paula on November 1, 2018
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    • Although I think this is best and more moist with dark meat, yes, you could. I’d recommend chicken breasts on the bone (cut the breasts in half before cooking). When you add the chicken back to the pan, I’d reduce the cooking time by about 5 minutes. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2018
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  • What is the purpose of removing the skin?

    • — C on November 1, 2018
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    • Hi C – You don’t have to remove the skin, but it doesn’t stay crisp when braised so I find it unappealing. Hope that clarifies!

      • — Jenn on November 1, 2018
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  • Hi Jenny,
    This looks great – I would like to try out this recipe however one of my guests is gluten intolerant, what do you recommend i substitute the plain flour with, kindly also confirm the measure with the substitution you recommend.
    many thanks,
    Nadia

    • — Nadia Borg on November 1, 2018
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    • Hi Nadia, I would add a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon of cold water at the end, right before you add the olives (and simmer it for a minute to thicken the sauce). You could also just omit the flour — the sauce will be more like a broth but still delicious.

      • — Jenn on November 1, 2018
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