Taste of Morocco: Chicken Tagine

Updated: Sep 6

This amazing, stew-like dish is bursting with flavor combinations that will seem strange on reading, but merge together brilliantly. Tagine dishes originate in northwestern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya) and are named after the clay pot that they are cooked in. A tagine cooking pot is essentially a traditional slow cooker. Ingredients are piled into it and left over hot coals to stew.

Tagines can be centered around nearly any meat (though not pork as it is not consumed in that part of the world), and they can even be vegetarian. Tagine stew flavors are savory, earthy, bright and complex, but seldom spicy. One of the most surprising thing about these "exotic" dishes is how quick and easy they are to make. There is no fussy prep work, and the ingredients barely need to be chopped. One warning about this dish: it smells really different than it tastes. The smell is a little weird (at least to our American noses), but the taste is divine.

Even if you don't have a traditional tagine pot, you can make this recipe on the stove in a Dutch oven or even a large soup pot (that's what I do, cause, yeah, I'm not cool enough to have a real tagine pot). This dish is gluten free, dairy free, paleo and potentially keto friendly.