Chicken tagine with tasty couscous is a tasty dish from North Africa. If you don't have a tagine, the dish can be made in a pot. This recipe is suitable for 4 people.
4 tablespoons neutral oil
2 onions shredded
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
4-8 chicken breasts or thighs with legs, depending on size
1 cm. fresh ginger
1 pinch of saffron
2 finely chopped chilies
1 cinnamon bark (or 1 teaspoon regular cinnamon)
1 ss Raz el Hanout
Salt and pepper
1 tsp tomato puree
A little chicken stock/stock (possibly bouillon cubes and water)
1 lime (juice)
10 mini tomatoes, split in half
3 small carrots divided into slices
Dried fruits to your liking, in small cubes. We have used figs, apricots and dates.
Pour the oil into the tagine and heat. Add in onion, garlic and chicken and fry together until it gets nice color. Add chili, ginger, saffron, cinnamon, Raz el Hanout, pepper, salt, tomato paste, chicken stock and lime juice. Add mini tomatoes, carrots and dried fruits.
Everything is stirred together and now the rest is doing itself. Put on the lid and fill cold water in the small compartment on top. This means that when the moisture from the food evaporates, it cools into the lid and flows back into the food. We sometimes check that it does not boil dry and possibly replenish more power if it is not damp enough. This dish almost gets better the longer it is allowed to cook. If you use meat from lamb, for example, it must be left for a long time, preferably 2-4 hours, while chicken fillet is finished after about 30 minutes.
Couscous are small semolina balls that swell in water and are used instead of pasta or rice in North African dishes. This variety has extra flavor and can be used cold, as an ingredient in salads.
2,5 dl couscous
3 dl water
2 tablespoons chicken stock
2 dl raisins
1 handful of finely chopped coriander
1 handful of finely chopped mint
2 tomatoes, in small cubes
1/2 cucumber, diced
2 spring onions, in fine strips
50 g pine nuts
Boil couscous in a mixture of water and funds, until the water is evaporated. Stir it airy with a fork and tie with the rest of the ingredients.
1 lemon, only the juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 ts cayennepepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 dl good olive oil
Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and stir it into the couscous.
Serve chicken tagine with tasty couscous and preferably with something good in the glass.
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