Chicken Tagine, apricots and roasted almonds



For this dish, it's important the chicken is left on the bone as it has much more flavour and doesn't become as dry. Ask your butcher to cut it into chunks for you. 

Serves 8


1 whole chicken

180g onion, diced

1 clove garlic, chopped

20g tagine spice (see recipe)

40g honey

80g dried apricots

80g sultanas

500ml chicken stock

900g tomato passata

1 lemon, juice only

1 bunch fresh coriander

70g flaked almonds, roasted


For the tagine spice mix:

2 tsp ginger powder

2 tsp turmeric

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp coriander powder




·         Cut the whole chicken into 10 pieces while leaving them on the bone and season well, heat a large frying pan and brown on all sides.

·         Remove the chicken pieces from the pan and add in the onions and garlic, cook until lightly coloured. Add in the tagine spice and cook for a couple of                minutes.

·         Add the honey, apricots and sultanas and cook for a further couple of minutes.

·         Pour in the chicken stock, tomato passata and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, season to taste.

·         Place chicken into a suitable ovenware dish and cover with the sauce. Cover with a lid and place into a preheated oven (180c / gas mark 4) and cook for            35 minutes.

·         Remove from the oven and finish with the roasted almonds and fresh coriander.

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