Apricot, Chicken & Chickpea Tagine is a healthy, delicious dinner perfect for a weeknight or a special occasion. Enjoy a taste of Morocco in each bite.
I love any type of kitchen appliance or cooking vessel. I had been wanting a tagine for years but could not justify paying $100. Let’s face it, I will probably use it a few times a year. It would not be in regular rotation. Then one lucky day I saw one at TJ Maxx. I was almost afraid to look at the price. How much did I really think I could justify spending on a tagine? I picked it up only to find there was no price on it. Ugh! There was a sales person near by and I asked her. She said she would find something comparable to see the price and turned over a bowl that said $14.99. I held my breathe waiting for her to decide on the price. She said OK it is $14.99. Yes, yes, yes. It was mine. I scored a $100 tagine for $14.99. Since they had one more, I picked it up to give to my Dad for Christmas (last christmas).
I was so excited and could hardly contain myself. That was a serious bargain. So now I needed to make something in it. Moroccan food has so many of my favorite foods in it that it was just a matter of narrowing down the flavors. I knew it would have apricots, olives and chickpeas. I read some cookbooks to figure out how I was supposed to us it. I had always assumed the tagine went in the oven but it doesn’t. You cook right on the stove. It actually makes a quick weeknight meal. The chicken gets incredibly tender and all the flavors meld so well together.
I also love the way Moroccans add something crunchy and fresh to their meals. I love that little hint of acid that wakes up your taste buds. This is the type of meal that you want to build a fork full. Pick a small piece of chicken, add a tiny slice of apricot and olive, a chick pea and a little piece of the relish. Once you have built your fork masterpiece, take a bite and enjoy the sweet rewards of your hard work.
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