Braised chicken and dates tagine

Cooking in a tagine is in itself an experience. An experience that I love and indulge myself very often in. The earthen circular pot that is flat with low sides along with the large cone-shaped lid is a sight to behold. And the flavours it lends to a dish – heavenly!!!
This dish is packed with flavours. The smokiness and heat of the paprika, the slight tanginess from the lemon and the delicious sweetness of the dates. And the chicken – soft, juicy and succulent! Pair it up with rice or go ahead and dip chunks of bread in it, you’ll love indulging in it any which ways!



  1. 500 gm chicken thigh,bone in and with skin
  2. 1large onion finely sliced
  3. 1tsp minced garlic
  4. 300 gm tomatoes chopped
  5. 500 ml chicken broth/ stock
  6. 8 dates ,pitted and halved
  7. 2" cinnamon stick
  8. 1 tsp paprika powder
  9. 4 tbsp + 3tbsp olive oil
  10. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  11. 1/2 lemon juice
  12. to tastesalt
  13. as needed toasted almonds and coriander leaves for garnishing
  14. For the marinade
  15. 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  16. 1 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  17. 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  18. 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  19. 3/4 tsp ginger powder
  20. 1 tsp fennel powder
  21. 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  22. 1 tsp salt


  1. Mix together al the ingredients and rub it all over the chicken pieces.Keep aside for 30 minutes

  2. In a nonstick skillet heat 4 tbsp olive oil. Add the chicken pieces with skin down. On medium heat brown the chicken on all sides. Remove and keep aside.

  3. In a tagine heat the remaining 3 tbsp olive oil along with the oil in the skillet.

  4. On medium heat saute the cinnamon along with the sliced onion till onions start to brown. Add the minced garlic; continue to saute till the onions start turn brown

  5. Add tomatoes,paprika, turmeric powder along with lemon juice and salt. Stir through.

  6. Add the chicken pieces. Cover and let cook on simmer till chicken is tender and cooked through.

  7. Add the dates ;cover and cook for another 10 minutes till the dates turn soft,

  8. Turn heat off. Garnish with toasted almonds and chopped coriander leaves.

  9. Serve immediately with rice or Arabic bread

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