Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Raffaele Imperiale - Easy Chicken Tajine (Tagine) Recipe

Raffaele Imperiale - Easy Chicken Tajine (Tagine) Recipe

A Les Trois Chenes version of Chicken Tajine

Exotic Tagine Dishes

Want a recipe that's quick to prepare, easy and super-tasty? Then a chicken tajine recipe is the answer.
At our Bed and Breakfast in Limousin, South West France, we serve tajines from time to time. They are moist, succulent, fragrant and exotic one pot dishes, but most importantly, they are reliable and easy. Not only that, they are liked by most people and they're generally are a firm favourite with our guests.
There have been strong links between France and North Africa for a very long time and even here in Limousin, we feel the influence of North African culinary heritage through the restaurants and the supermarkets. The French, ever proud of their own traditional cuisine, do enjoy the delights of tajines (tagines) and couscous.

What is a Tagine Pot?

Do you Need a Special Tajine pot to cook a tajine?
The spicy meat dishes called 'tajines' derive their names from the special pot used to cook them. The original Tajine was a heavy, unglazed earthenware pot used by North African nomads to cook meat and vegetables over a charcoal fire. Now you can buy a range of different tajines, glazed, decorative, cast iron and even electric. Having said this, although the shape is exotic, when I carried out a trial using a glazed tajine and a casserole dish to cook the same food in the oven, there was no difference. So, no, you don't need a tajine - but if you have one they are very nice to use and look wonderful on the dinner table!

Chicken Tagine Ingredients

Tajines are designed to cook meats with fruit and vegetables slowly until even second grade meats are tender and just fall away from the bone.
In Morocco and Tunisia they often use lamb or chicken, but you can use other meats or cook vegetarian meals in your tajine - every tajine recipe you see will be different. what all the recipes have in common is that they include a range of spices (even the spices differ from recipe to recipe) and often lemon and olives. Don't worry if you don't have all the ingredients or spices - mix and match - use what you do have.
For this dish, I used chicken and the vegetables that I had in the store cupboard. Carrots are often used and you can also add dried and fresh fruits.
My Ingredients
  • Chicken joints - the photographs show quantities for 5 chicken pieces.
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Courgette
  • Red and green peppers
  • Carrots
  • Lemons
  • Olives
  • A little cooking oil to brown the chicken and a cup of water or stock
Spices (about 2 teaspoons of each!)
  • Black pepper corns crushed (teaspoon)
  • Ground ginger but I use fresh ginger finely cubed or grated if I can (about a dessert spoon)
  • Ground cumin (about a dessert spoon)
  • Turmeric (heaped teaspoon)
  • Coriander seeds crushed (about a dessert spoon) (Perhaps ground coriander would be better but I didn't have any at the time; all my cooking is real cooking - not staged for photos and articles!)
  • Cinnamon sticks, or ground cinnamon (teaspoon)
Original Source: http://les-trois-chenes.hubpages.com/hub/Easy-Chicken-Tajine-Recipe

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