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July 1, 2011

Peace Corps Recipe #1, Chicken Tagine (Morocco)

 Chicken Tagine, recipe by Fatima Akachmar (Ribat El Kheir, Morocco)

This dish is an example of a common Moroccan cuisine that is cooked in the traditional tagine cookware. Typical of many Moroccan dishes, it is full of flavorful spices and herbs.

1 whole roasting chicken, 3-4 pounds
1 preserved lemon (fresh can also be used)
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 head of garlic minced
1 bunch of fresh cilantro chopped (about 2/3 cup)
1 onion chopped
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of saffron
1 teaspoon powdered ginger

Mix oil, cilantro, garlic, and onion in a small bowl. Add lemon juice and spices and then stuff chicken with mixture and rind of lemon. Place chicken in large saucepan in a couple inches of water. Slather chicken with additional saffron, salt, pepper, and ginger as desired. Cover chicken and cook until done: about 20 minutes.

Comments
  • Miriam

    Though this recipe says parsley, I attended the cooking demonstration, and she used cilantro. Which is correct?
    شكرا

  • Miriam

    or can either be used?

    • http://folk1a.si.edu Sojin Kim

      It is cilantro. Thanks for asking. We will make this correction to the recipe.