As most of us do not own a tajine dish, I modernised the recipe and made it in a casserole dish.
However, for the traditionalists; here is the recipe as my nanny used to make ;-)
If you have a tajine dish, this is even more delicious than the previous recipe !
The Argan oil is not compulsory but will make a delicious and healthy addition.
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Here is the recipe :
Feeds : 2 to 3 adults or a family of 4
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1h 10min
What do I need ?- 1 to 2 onions
- 2 tbsp ground-nut or other flavourless oil
- 1 to 2 tbsp argan oil
- 1 tsp ground ginger or 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- A small bunch of parsley
- A small bunch of coriander leaves
- 1 pinch saffron threads
- 1 chicken stock cube
- 2 baking potatoes
- 1 preserved lemon
- 1 handful of green or violet olives
What do I do ?
1. Soak the tajine dish in cold water
2. You will need a heat diffuser under the dish if you are cooking the tajine on the gas hob. Alternatively, you can cook the tajine in the oven (160c)
3. Place the tajine on the hob and pour the ground-nut oil. Heat the oil on low heat
4. Meanwhile, peel and half the onion. Slice thinly. Add the onions to the oil and leave to sweat with the lid on
5. Whilst the onions are sweating; prepare the "gremolata" for the chicken:
6. Pour a couple of tablespoon of warm water over the saffron to dilute
7. Add the ginger and turmeric powder
8. Finely chop the parsley and coriander (I used previously frozen coriander in the pictures and therefore added later on)
9. Add the argan oil to the spices and mix
10. Add the herbs to form a paste
11. Brush the chicken with this "gremolata"
12. Add the chicken on top of the onions
(As I used frozen cubes of coriander, I scattered them over the chicken)
13. Dilute the stock in a little water and pour over the chicken
14. Peel the potatoes, chop them in thick wedges and scatter around the chicken
15. Chop the preserved lemon in quarters and remove the flesh
16. Slice the lemon peels and place them over the chicken; discard the flesh
17. Sprinkle the olives over the dish and place the lid of the tajine back on
18. Leave to cook for 45 minutes to an hour on low heat, until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are soft
19. Bring the dish to the table and tuck in ;-)