Chicken and Black Olive Tagine

I have come to love tagine. This dish, which is a staple of Moroccan cuisine, is slow cooked meat with lots of spices. Typically, not near as spicy as an Indian curry tagine has a blend of sweeter and earthier spices. This is great with lamb, chicken or beef, it is also commonly served on top of couscous.

Here are two of my couscous recipes that are perfect for this tagine dish.

Couscous with Apricots and Pistachios

Couscous with Cranberries and Almonds

Gourmet Choice Tajine-12

Chicken Tagine

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This crock pot version of a classic Moroccan dish is simple to make and wonderful comfort food. Serve on couscous, this tagine has the ras el hanout blend of spices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 -6


  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast , cubed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 onion , diced
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 carrots , diced
  • 3 tomatoes , diced
  • zest of one lime
  • 1 can whole pitted black olives , drained


  • Mix the spices together and toss with the cubed chicken.
  • Add oil to skillet or tagine cooker and heat on medium high to brown. Saute the spice rubbed chicken until they are lightly browned on all sides.
  • Slow cooker option - Transfer chicken and remaining ingredients, except for the black olives, to a slow cooker and set to high. Cook for 3-4 hours
  • Electric tagine cooker option - Add If using an electric tagine cooker, add remaining ingredients, except the black olives. Set to simmer and cook for 3-4 hours.
  • Standard tagine pot option - Transfer chicken and remaining ingredients, except for the black olives, to the tagine pot. Cook for about 3 hours at 325F.
  • With about 15 minutes remaining in the cooking time, stir in the black olives.
  • Serve with couscous



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  • I was just looking at a tagine at World Market. An electric one.. how cool!! Love the flavors of your dish and I adore olives. 🙂

  • I adore lamb tagine, especially when it’s slightly sweet, with raisins and lots of spices 🙂

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