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Chicken, Sweet Potato and Tomato Tagine

A tagine is a North African stew that’s loaded with fragrant spices and usually served with couscous.  A tagine is also the earthenware vessel that the stew is cooked in. It’s got a cool shape – narrow conical lid over a shallow round dish.

Yield: 8 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. chopped ginger
  • 1 fresh chile, such as Thai chile, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. North African spice blend, or to taste
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • Handful currants or raisins
  • 1 pound sweet potato, peeled, chopped
  • Handful frozen peas
  • Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • One 19-ounce diced tomatoes
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 8 rotis, for serving
  • Oven-Baked Spiced Chicken Thighs
  • 8 chicken thighs, boneless skinless
  • Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. North African spice blend, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

Method

  1. Chicken, Sweet Potato and Tomato Tagine
  2. Add olive oil to large casserole pot over medium high heat.
  3. Add onion. Cook until soft about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic, ginger, fresh chile and spice blend and cook until fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Increase heat to high. Add stock and sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Stir to combine. Add currants. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  5. Add Oven-Baked Spiced chicken thighs to tagine.
  6. Add diced tomatoes and peas and simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  7. When chicken is cooked through, stir in chopped cilantro. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste.
  8. Serve with oven-warmed rotis.
  9. For the Baked Spiced Chicken Thighs
  10. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  11. Add olive oil to baking sheet.
  12. Season chicken with Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper and spice blend. Transfer to baking sheet.
  13. Bake until chicken is cooked through, flipping once during the process, total cooking time about 18 to 20 minutes.
  14. Add chicken to tagine.
  15. Alternatively, cook chicken until only half cooked and then add to tagine and finish cooking stove top.