Apricot Chicken and Chick Pea Tagine – A Moroccan Stew

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.

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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.

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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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Yields 4 servings

Apricot Chicken and Chick Pea Tagine

15 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 4 chicken thighs bone-in, skin removed
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. light butter
  • 2 cups sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 12 pitted green olives
  • Relish:
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 2 chopped roma tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. In a small bowl, mix together garlic, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg and salt.
  2. Place chicken in a small baking dish and rub with garlic mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours but overnight is better.
  3. Heat oil and butter in a tagine or small dutch oven over medium heat.
  4. Add onions and cook until just tender. Remove onions and place onto a plate.
  5. Turn up the heat to medium high and brown chicken on both sides.
  6. Place onions back on top of chicken.
  7. Add in chickpeas, apricots, honey and tomatoes with juice. Add enough water to cover the base of the pot.
  8. Bring liquid to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Add olives and cover. Simmer for another 15-20 minutes or until chicken is done.
  10. For relish: In a medium bowl, mix together onion, tomatoes, honey, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and cinnamon. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  11. Stir in cilantro and lemon zest.
  12. Serve with couscous and top with relish.

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  1. I'd love it if you would bring this over to What'd You Do This Weekend? I use your recipes all the time. I'm always looking for ways to make tasty meals healthier. Then add our button to your page. http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/whatd-you-do-this-weekend-10/ This is a delicious sounding chicken. I'll try it, but no tagine in my kitchen. I'll have to check out the stores for a bargain too. Linda
  2. I can't believe what a deal you got! I love TJ Maxx. That recipe sounds super tasty. I've had Moroccan food once (at Epcot, of all places!) and I loved it so much!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Kelley. We have had this dish a number of times. I kept forgetting to take pictures of it. It is really delicious and easy.
  3. Wow, this looks so delicious! I can almost smell it from those pics :)
  4. Charlotte Moore says
    I have never heard of a Tagine. Not sure how it is pronounced either. Hahaha!! I live in GA and yes pollen is bad. However, I have never seen as much pollen as Augusta has. Our son lived there about 2 years and he now lives in Charlotte,NC. He says he sure doesn't miss this time of year in Augusta.
  5. Thank you so much for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!
  6. What a find and what a great informative post. I enjoyed it and the recipe looks delicious.
  7. This looks amazing! And what a find to score a tagine for $14.99! I feel the same way about the expense of buying one to use once in a blue moon. Pinning this recipe. :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      I was lucky Pary. I actually keep it out on the counter because it is rather pretty too. So I have a cooking pot and a decoration. :)
  8. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope to see you soon! Miz Helen
  9. Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being featured on foodie friday today. Stop by and get your featured button. I will be pinning and tweeting it this week.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Diane! It was a nice surprise I saw when I linked up this weeks recipes. As always - Thanks for hosting.
  10. Thanks for another innovative (and yummy sounding) recipe for our "boring" chicken! Have dried apricots in my pantry and was wondering how else to use them! :)


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