This elegant Moroccan Chicken Tagine is perfect for the slow cooker. The chicken braises low and slow, tenderizing and soaking up all the delicious flavors of garlic, honey and fragrant North African spices. The result is falling-off-the-bone deliciousness! A truly spectacular dish with minimal time and effort in the kitchen.
If you've ever visited Morocco, you've surely had a tagine or two. It is one of the most celebrated Moroccan dishes, along with couscous and pastilla.
What is a tagine?
A tagine is a North African stew that's named for the pot it's cooked in - a tagine. It's a conical earthenware pot that works a lot like a slow cooker, using low temperatures and long cooking times for an exceedingly moist and tender outcome.
How To Make Chicken Tagine in a Slow Cooker
To create layers of flavor in this dish, there's a bit of sautéing before throwing everything in the slow-cooker. Here's how the recipe goes:
- First season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and brown them for a few minutes in a skillet.
- Set the chicken aside and add onions and garlic to the pan.
- When the onions are nice and soft, add broth, honey and spices to the pot.
- Stir to loosen any brown bits and pour the whole mixture into the slow cooker.
- Stir in the apricots and chickpeas.
- Place the chicken on top.
- Cover, and cook on low for 6 hours.
Life is hurtling by at warp speed. My slow cooker is about the only thing that's slow in my life right now. At times like this I love to make delicious meals that draw the family around the table.
I'm turning to my slow cooker a lot lately, and loving it. I spend a half hour or so in the morning, chopping and sautéing, and come dinner time I can rock a beautiful meal like this scrumptious slow cooker Moroccan chicken tagine.
How to serve Chicken Tagine:
- Serve this chicken tagine on a bed of plain couscous or rice to soak up all the flavorful sauce
- Garnish with toasted almonds, chopped cilantro and lemon wedges. Garnishes are an integral part of this dish. The tender, sweet and spicy long-cooked stew is complemented beautifully by lots of fresh bright lemon juice, crunchy almonds, and the unique and exciting flavor notes of cilantro.
- On the side, I love to serve a simple green salad with citrusy dressing or a Moroccan raw carrot salad or both.
How To Cook Chicken Tagine For A Crowd
If you're cooking this for a big group or if you want leftovers, this recipe can be "one and a halfed" (not sure how else to say this?) For one of my test runs, I made it with 12 thighs instead of 8. I increased all the other ingredients accordingly. I arranged the chicken in the crockpot, with some pieces overlapping, and it turned out great.
If you're looking for another amazing slow-cooker chicken recipe, this chicken with dried cherries and leeks is my long-time favorite. For this one there's no sautéing - just throw everything in the slow-cooker and 6 hours later you will be in for a big treat.
Here's the recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Chickpeas. If you make this I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. I'd love to know what you think!Print
[Originally published May 23, 2016. Updated March 1, 2019. Same delicious recipe with added nutritional information and some tweaks to the written post]