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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Morrocan Honey Chicken Tagine with Raisins

My friend Bushra made this for a recent gathering and it was so flavorful and unique. Luckily it was also very easy to put together, and therefore it became SavvyChef blog worthy!

She cooks this either in a tagine or a regular pot. It is a GREAT dish for the slow cooker because it is supposed to simmer for a long time. As it simmers the sauce thickens and the flavors intensify.

If you're looking for a unique dish to try this is it! I'm not a huge fan of raisins but their texture changes as they cook and they are just so soft and yummy. I made this dish for a dinner party and my guests loved it! Because of the cinnamon flavor and the fact that it cooked in the slow cooker I felt like it was such a great dish to welcome the fall season!

This serves about 3-4 adults.

-1 pound chicken thighs or breast tenders
-1 large onion, chopped into strips
-1 tablespoon butter
-1 tablespoon cinnamon (or 1 cinnamon stick)
-1 tablespoon ginger powder (or 1 tablespoon fresh ginger)
-1 teaspoon turmeric
-1 pinch saffron
-1/2 cup honey
-1/2-3/4 cup black raisins (I also added golden raisins)
-2 cups water
-1/2 cup mixed nuts toasted in cinnamon (optional)

-Heat butter in skillet and cook onions until caramelized. Transfer to slow cooker and add chicken, cinnamon stick, ginger, turmeric, saffron, honey, raisins and water. Season lightly with salt.
-Cover and cook 5 hours on low or 2.5 hours on high.
-Serve with optional mixed nuts. These add a nice crunch! Eat with toasted bread or white rice.

**If cooking stovetop, reduce heat to medium low after carmelizing onions and allow chicken and sauce to simmer for 1 hour.**


  1. I've got this in the slow cooker right now and I keep walking over and peering into the pot. I tasted the sauce and its SO flavorful!

  2. ok im making this right now and everything smells delicious! im so excited and cant wait for my family to try it and tell me what they'll think! im sure they'll love it, thank you savvy chef!

  3. The smell is one of the most enciting things about this dish...a prelude of the goodness to come!

    I hope you and your family enjoyed this :)

  4. I made this the other day and i still can't believe how easy such an intricate looking/tasting dish was to make! 10 mins worth of work and it tasted so good everyone thought I slaved in the kitchen for hours! i would def make this again.