Chicken Tagine Recipe

Our son described this chicken tagine recipe as "the tastiest chicken ever". Chicken is usually the last thing left on his plate; not this time.


This chicken tagine recipe takes a little longer to prepare than if I was simply willing to buy a jar of paste (feel free to do that if you wish). I like to cook whole foods from fresh because I know exactly what is in the food.

It can be served with couscous (made with chicken stock is a hit with my family) or just on its own if you're low carb like me.

chicken tagine ingredients
Chicken Tagine with Couscous

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Chicken Tagine Recipe


8 Chicken Thigh Fillets (you can use bone-in, skin-on thighs if you prefer)

1 Large Onion - sliced

1 Red Bell Pepper - cut in chunky pieces

1 Yellow Bell Pepper - cut in chunky pieces

3 medium Carrots - cut into half-inch "coins"

25g Butter or Ghee

3.5 tsp Homemade Tagine Spice Mix

5 cloves of Garlic - chopped fine

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

400ml Chicken Stock

2 Tbsp Honey

15 Pitted Queen Olives

2 Tbsp Coriander

Salt and Ground Black Pepper


Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper

Brown the chicken in the butter over a medium heat. Once browned, remove from the pan and set aside.

Add more butter in needed (otherwise, just use the fat from the chicken) and add the onions. Stir occasionally, cooking for about 5 minutes until soft.

Add the garlic and cook for ~30 seconds.

Add the spices and cook for ~30 seconds

Stir in the chicken stock, honey, lemon juice and ~1/4 tsp of salt. Scrape the pan with a wooden spoon to get dislodge any crispy bits.

Add the chicken, carrots and peppers. Cook on a low heat until the carrots soften.

Stir in the olives and coriander.

Serve the chicken tagine immediately with couscous (if you want the carbs) or just on its own. Extra sides that work well are dried apricots and almonds.

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Will Newton

In over twenty years of coaching, I have coached everyone from absolute beginners to world champions.
My interest in getting the best results for people who train for health and fitness or the love of sport, rather than as professionals, drives me to find the most effective ways to get results.
My mission is simple: Be in better shape at 70 than most people are at 20, and to help you do the same.

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