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Chicken Tagine with Artichoke Hearts - Recipe

Moist and flavorful, this chicken tagine is an enjoyable dish for family or entertaining friends.
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Chicken Tagine with Artichoke Hearts Recipe
  • If possible, prepare this recipe in a Tagine baking dish to achieve a very moist and tender result. However, an oven safe Dutch oven or covered baking dish such as a casserole dish can be substituted instead of a Tagine. If used on stovetop burner, make sure it will safely withstand the heat.
  • Using a 2 or 3 quart sauce pan, place 3 cups of water in the pan to blanche the artichokes. Heat water to boiling and allow artichokes to blanche until they are floating which will require approximately 1 minute. Drain and set aside.
  • Preheat oven at 400°F.
  • Zest lemon rind and set aside.
  • Place butter and oil into a sauce pan and heat over medium heat on a stovetop burner.
  • Season chicken with paprika, ginger, pepper, Raz el Hanout, and place chicken into the oil and butter to saute the seasoned meat. Allow the ingredients to cook for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring the food occasionally so the chicken becomes coated with oil, butter and spices. Lightly sprinkle Raz el Hanout seasoning over chicken. Note: Raz el Hanout is a seasoning which is avaiable in some food stores but most often in stores selling foods from India.
  • Combine onion, broth, and saffron with other ingredients.
  • Tie sprigs of parsley and cilantro together with an oven proof cotton string and place on top of all other ingredients in tagine or baking dish.
  • Place tagine or baking dish in oven and cover with lid. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until chicken becomes tender.
  • When finished cooking for almost an hour, remove tagine or baking dish so chicken can be placed into another oven safe baking dish for warming. Reduce oven temperature to 200°F for warming.
  • Remove and discard sprigs of tied parsley and cilantro that were placed in the original baking dish.
  • The tagine, Dutch oven, or similar oven and stove top safe baking dish now contains the juices which will become a sauce to use as a topping for the chicken and artichoke hearts.
  • Place pan on stovetop burner and simmer on medium heat setting. Add lemon juice and artichoke hearts, stirring lightly so canned artichokes which are most likely pre-cooked will warm throughout. Add lemon zest while stirring. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes to prepare as a sauce.
  • Lower oven temperature to 200°F and place baking dish with chicken back in oven to keep it warm.
  • When ready to serve, arrange chicken in center of a serving platter with artichokes arranged around chicken. Drizzle sauce over the top of chicken and other ingredients.
  • If desired, garnish with fresh cilantro and parsley leaves.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Container: Sauce pan and a Tagine or an oven safe Dutch oven or casserole baking dish
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 each
-2 tablespoons butter
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-2 teaspoons paprika
-1 pinch black pepper, ground
-2 pounds chicken breasts
-1 onion, diced
-1 cup chicken broth
-8 pieces saffron, toast and crush threads
-10 sprigs fresh parsley
-20 sprigs fresh cilantro
-1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
-1 tablespoon fresh lemon rind, zested
-28 ounces 2 cans of small canned artichoke hearts, drained
- fresh cilantro and/or parsley for garnish
-2 teaspoons Raz el hanout seasoning