Tagine Cooking – Middle Eastern Chicken – Cooking with Kids – this is an easy one


Butternut SquashI bought some Tagine’s from World Market ( Cost Plus) recently to decorate an outdoor table -since I needed something that could take extreme heat, cold, water and sunshine – and Tagines which are middle eastern Dutch ovens do exactly that. So of course I was then on the hunt for recipes to make in them – and this one can be adapted from using a regular western Dutch Oven and works great!  Give it a try – the Tagine itself only cost about $25 – and although you have to be careful when washing it in that it is ceramic and can chip easily, its a great kitchen tool.

Tagine Chicken and Dried Fruit


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless  chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces (we only use organic chicken)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces peeled cubed butternut squash ( we grow our own)
  • 1/3 cup halved pitted black or green olives (about 3 ounces) – get the black ones in olive oil not in water – they are too salty
  • 8 pitted dried plums, chopped
  • Fresh Italian parsley leaves


  1. Heat oil in the Tagine over medium heat.
  2. Add onion; cook until translucent, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in cumin and next 7 ingredients (through chicken); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, squash, olives, and dried plums; bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and place in the oven for 45 minutes until squash is tender.
  5. When you remove the tagine from the oven be very careful it will retain the heat for some time – you can leave the top on until you are ready to serve and it will stay warm.
  6. Just before serving chop the parsley and sprinkle it over the mixture.

About Grandma

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