Chicken tagine with ginger and lemon

Chicken tagine with ginger and lemon

Cooking from the Heart
Mark Roper

A new spin on a classic Moroccan chicken tagine, bringing in a fresh and tangy Middle Eastern taste. It fuses the taste cultures from Morocco to Israel that inspired my love for food when I was growing up.


Quantity Ingredient
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1.6kg free-range chicken, cut into 8 pieces
100ml olive oil
2 brown onions, thickly sliced
100g fresh ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks
5 garlic cloves, bruised with the back of a knife
2 small red chillies, split
2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
5 thyme sprigs
1 lemon, juiced and finely zested
4 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
100g currants or sultanas
2 tablespoons vegetable stock powder
1 1/2 bunches coriander, chopped
couscous or rice, cooked, to serve


  1. Combine the salt, cumin, cinnamon, pepper and turmeric in a large plastic bag, add the chicken pieces and shake to coat.
  2. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over high heat. Brown the chicken on all sides, then remove to a plate. Fry the onion, ginger, garlic and chillies for 3 minutes, then stir in the tomato, cumin seeds and thyme and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Return the chicken to the pan. Add the lemon juice and zest, honey, currants, stock powder and enough water to just cover the chicken. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10–15 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and the sauce has reduced slightly. Stir in the coriander.
  5. Serve with couscous or rice.
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