OK, maybe you're right, I'm stretching things a bit to include this Moroccan chicken recipe on a French food site. However, it is so yummy and unexpected, that I just had to share it with you. If you're thinking of trying a tagine recipe, this Moroccan stew is a great one to begin with.
A tagine is a heavy, earthenware cooking vessel with a round base and conical lid. It is slow to heat and slow to cool down. It's shape and material lends itself to moist, succulent dishes. Tagine also refers to the dishes that are cooked in this vessel.
The tagine is a very old method of cooking. Modern takes on the tagine inlcude an electric one. I can't imagine that an electric tagine could give you the results that a true earthenware one does. Also, cooking with a real tagine is a pleasure. Something about the simplicity and heaviness of its material is ever so appealing.
These tips are intended for use with a traditional high-quality, earthenware tagine. You should, of course, follow any instructions that come with your particular tagine. Be aware that many low-cost tagines are sold only as serving dishes.
Depending on your tagine, you could use it to cook the first part of this Moroccan chicken recipe. However, I use a heavy skillet and then transfer the ingredients to the tagine before putting it in the oven.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 1 hour
Makes 6 servings.
Serve over rice or couscous.
France has long had close ties with, and even colonized for a time part of Northern Africa. After all it is just a boat ride away across the relatively calm Mediterranean Sea. A lot of people have migrated from Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria to France and the reverse migration happens as well. So of course, the food in France has been influenced along the way.
Lots of French home cooks know how to whip up a couscous, a term used to refer not just to the wheat, but to the entire dish, which includes various meats and vegetables, as in the couscous recipe here. In the French grocery store, I can easily find key ingredients for Moroccan cuisine, such as the preserved lemons used in this Moroccan chicken recipe.
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