A kind friend gave me some Tagine spices for Christmas. She knew I like to try different dishes. I finally got around to trying them.
I started with a 2 kg (4 pound) chicken and broke it down into pieces.
I started by cutting out the spine with poultry shears. Then off with the drumsticks. Then, the thighs were hacked off. The wings were disjointed from the body and the wing tips were cut off. The breast was cut down the breast bone into two pieces. Normally I cut the breast halves into two pieces but this was a large bird so I cut them into 3 pieces each.
The spine and wing tips have practically no meat on them so they were set aside and frozen for the next time I make chicken stock.
The remaining pieces were tossed with 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of the Tagine spices and 30 ml (2 tablespoons) olive oil. The chicken is covered and sits in the fridge overnight.
The next afternoon, I heated 50 ml (1/4 cup) of olive oil over medium high heat and browned the chicken in small batches and set the chicken aside on a plate. When the chicken was all browned, I threw in a large onion that I had sliced in about 1/4 inch slices. I sauteed for about 5 minutes until it started to get coloured.
I lowered the heat to medium low and added 6 cloves of garlic (sliced), 175 ml (3/4 cup) chopped parsley, 45 ml (3 tablespoons) Tagine spice. I sauteed for 3 to 4 minutes until the seasonings were fragrant. I added 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) chicken stock, the juice and zest of 2 lemons and stirred to mix. I added the chicken pieces and put the lid on the Dutch oven and put it in a 300 F oven for 2 1/4 hours.
I checked to make sure the chicken was tender and well cooked. I took the chicken from the sauce and put it in the serving dish. I thickened the sauce with 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of cornstarch dissolved in the same amount of water that I stirred in. I brought the sauce to a boil until it thickened.
I served it with rice.
The chicken is nice and moist and the sauce has a strong flavour. I like the lemon overtones.
However, there is cinnamon and other sweet spices in the seasonings. I enjoyed them but the blend isn’t really to my taste.
While we ate this and enjoyed it, I don’t think I will make it again.
The Old Fat Guy.