Sunday, 12 October 2008

Chicken tagine with lemon couscous

A tagine originates from North Africa. In actual fact, it is the type of dish that the food is cooked in. It looks bit like an upside down funnel. Because water is at a shortage in North Africa, this dish enables them to cook nice moist stews using minimal water. The funnel leaves room for the steam to cool and condense, dripping back onto the meat or vegetables and keeping them juicy. Normally, tagines have some sort of meat, spices and some fruit like apricots or prunes. If you don't have a tagine - like I don't - then you can use a casserole dish or similar lidded sauce pan.

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • Low fat cooking spray
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 1 x 400 g tin apricots in juice
Spray some of that tasty low fat cooking spray into your tagine (or casserole dish). Heat the pan and then brown the chicken breasts for about 1.5 minutes each side. Remove from the pan and place to one side.

Add a bit more cooking spray to the pan, and stir fry the chopped peppers and onions for 5 minutes. Next, add the garlic (chopped) and spices and keep stirring for another minute.

Put the chicken back into the pan along with the chicken stock and chopped tomatoes. Stir well, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Drain the apricots and add to the pot, and cook for another 5 minutes or until the chicken is tender.

Meanwhile, prepare the lemon couscous ...


  • 250 g couscous
  • 300 ml chicken stock
  • 75 g green beans
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
Cover the couscous with the hot chicken stock in a bowl, and then cover the bowl. Leave for ten minutes. Meanwhile, steam the green beans and chop into ~1/5 cm lengths. After the couscous has been standing for 10 minutes, add the green beans, the lemon juice and zest. Fluff it up with a fork.

Serve the chicken tagine wit plenty of couscous on the side.

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Foodycat said...

Another healthy-looking dish! Fantastic.

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