Chicken Tagine with Almonds, Apricots, and Olives
You can also make the tagine with an equal weight of chicken thighs and drumsticks (or all thighs).
Photography: Christina Holmes
Martha Stewart Living
- Prep Time 50 minutes
- Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
- Serves 6
- 3/4 cup dried apricots, preferably Turkish
- 2/3 cup fresh orange juice (from 3 to 4 oranges)
- 1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), cut into 10 pieces
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, halved lengthwise
- 5 medium carrots, cut on the bias into 3-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- Pinch of saffron threads
- 3/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup green olives, pitted
- 1/2 cup lightly packed cilantro sprigs
- Steamed couscous, preferably whole wheat
- In a small saucepan, bring apricots and orange juice to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from heat; let cool.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a braiser pan or deep straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat; add oil and swirl to coat bottom. Cook half of chicken, flipping once, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Cook remaining chicken; transfer to plate.
- Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat. Reduce heat to medium; add onion, garlic, and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in ginger and cinnamon and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Stir in broth and saffron, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Return chicken and accumulated juices to pan. Drain apricots; add to pan with almonds and olives. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of chicken breast (without touching bone) reads 165 degrees, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro. Serve with couscous and harissa.
For instructions on how to cut a chicken, go to marthastewart.com/how-to-cut-a-chicken
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