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Chicken and apricot tagine with prunes and preserved lemons

Chicken and Apricot Tagine with Prunes and Preserved Lemons

Usually dried apricots are used in a tagine, probably because apricots have such a short season. Using fresh apricots in this chicken and apricot tagine was divine!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Maroccan, Mediterranean
Keyword apricots, chicken, preserved lemons, tagine
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 2929kcal
Author Wendy


  • tagine


  • 1 1/4 kg of chicken thighs and legs skinned
  • 1 large red onion cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground peperoncino
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 L chicken broth
  • 8 fresh apricots sliced in half and pitted
  • 10 pitted prunes
  • 1/2 preserved lemon
  • A handful fresh parsley minced


  • Prepare the rub for the chicken:
  • Whisk the spices together.
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
  • Add the chicken to the spice and olive oil mixture, thoroughly coating each piece of chicken.
  • Cover the chicken and refrigerate for several hours, turning occasionally.
  • While the chicken is refrigerating mince the garlic, slice the onion and set aside.
  • Scrape the pulp out of the preserved lemon and set aside.
  • Slice the peel of the preserved lemon into thin strips and set aside.
  • Place the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the tagine and heat over a low flame.
  • Sauté the garlic and onions until translucent.
  • Raise the flame to medium-high and begin browning both sides of the chicken pieces, a few at a time.
  • If the onion and garlic begin to brown too much add some broth to the tagine.
  • Once all the chicken is browned add the remaining broth to the tagine.
  • Cook covered over a low flame for 30 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken and scrape any bits sticking to the tagine.
  • Add the prunes and lemon pulp and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken pieces again, and add the apricot halves and sliced preserved lemon peel.
  • Cook for an additional 20 minutes, or until the chicken begins to come off of the bone.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with the freshly chopped parsley and serve.
  • No need to place the chicken on a serving platter; the tagine*makes a great serving dish. *The Emile Henry tagine is my favorite by far and makes a gorgeous presentation!
  • Serve with basmati rice and a green salad.


Chicken and apricot tagine with prunes and preserved lemons


Serving: 200g | Calories: 2929kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 169g | Fat: 201g | Saturated Fat: 47g | Cholesterol: 638mg | Sodium: 4768mg | Potassium: 3708mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 69g | Vitamin A: 7690IU | Vitamin C: 88.5mg | Calcium: 288mg | Iron: 12.8mg