Chicken Tagine Recipe

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I love to travel and when I am in another country there is nothing I love more than to head to the local grocery store.  I know it seems an odd place to want to visit but I love to find foods and spices that I can’t find back home. It is like being a kid in a candy store going down each aisle to see what I might find.  So when I come across something I like, I scoop it up and bring it home and experiment with it.

I picked up a Tagine seasoning in Dublin, Ireland of all places.  I was so in love with the combination of spices on the label I knew I would bring it home and make something delicious.  So here is my version of a chicken tagine that is kid friendly, super quick and easy and really delicious. Don’t worry if you don’t have a tagine spice blend near you, you can make your own too.

Ingredients

1 ½ Tbsp. Tagine Seasoning

Or Make your own with 2 tsp coriander, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp black pepper, ½ tsp salt - mix together in a small bowl

1 Tbsp. coconut oil or ghee whichever you prefer

1 Package organic chicken tenders meat

½ Red onion diced

4 Garlic cloves minced

½ Cup dried apricots

1 Tbsp. organic raw honey (leave out if feeding kids under age of 1)

1 Can of organic chickpeas drained

2 Carrots chopped into small pieces

8 oz. Frozen organic broccoli

Instructions

Step 1: If you don’t have tagine seasoning, mix the required spices into a small bowl.  Dice chicken tenders into 1 inch cubes and toss with the seasoning

Step 2: Heat Oil or Ghee in a skillet on medium heat.  Add the spiced chicken to the pan. Let start to brown and then add in your diced onion, garlic, carrots and broccoli.  Allow to cook for about 5-7 minutes.

Step 3: Add the Honey, Chickpeas and Apricots and cook until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve with either Cauliflower Rice, Brown Rice or Quinoa.  

A delicious dinner for the whole family.  The spices are mild enough that it does not overpower a child’s palette.  In addition, the apricots definitely add a delicious sweetness that the kids really enjoy.  The broccoli, while not part of a traditional Tagine, is a veggie that I know my kids will always eat, so it makes a lot of appearances in our dinners.

I love to use my spices that I have picked up on vacations as it brings back great memories from the trip. Next time you are on a family getaway, look for some new spices to use in your house too! Enjoy!

recipeTara OBrien