Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Golden Raisins

Josh Shaub


  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, each halved
  • 1 ½ tablespoons salt, plus more for seasoning chicken
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 3 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, with their juices
  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • About 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted in a 350 degree oven until fragrant and golden, keeping an eye on them so they don’t burn (optional)

The summer after she graduated, Phoebe and her mother traveled around Morocco together. She invented this sweet and savory chicken stew shortly after she got back, and it was her contribution to the second cook-off with Keith, captured on the blog in January 2009. Since then, she has revised this tagine to include sweet potatoes, which means you don’t need another carb to make it a complete meal. Still, couscous and quinoa are great (if you don’t mind another pot), but a loaf crusty bread to soak up the juices works even better.

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Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Coat a large pot or Dutch oven with a thin layer of olive oil. Heat it over high heat and brown the chicken, in batches, making sure not to crowd the pot. If the chicken sticks to the bottom, don’t worry — this will help develop the flavor of the sauce. Remove the browned chicken from the pot and set it aside in a mixing bowl.

Add the onions to the same pot, reduce the heat to medium-low, and sauté until translucent, making sure to scrape up any remaining drippings from the chicken, about 7 minutes.

Stir in the garlic, cumin, turmeric, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt. Cook until the spices are fully incorporated and aromatic, about 2 minutes. Return the chicken to the pot, and add the tomatoes and chickpeas. Toss to combine.

Pour in enough stock to submerge all the contents (this may be less than 1 quart, depending on the size of your pot) and bring to a summer. Turn the heat back down to low and cook, uncovered, for at least 2 hours, the longer the better.

During the last 30 minutes or so of cooking, add the sweet potatoes, submerge them in the liquid, and cook until tender.

Add the raisins, half the cilantro, and the lemon juice. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Spoon the tagine into individual bowls. Garnish each bowl with some of the remaining cilantro, sprinkle with the almonds (if using), and serve.


Calories per serving:

420 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 112g 172%
  • Carbs 454g 151%
  • Saturated 24g 120%
  • Fiber 83g 332%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 155g
  • Monounsaturated 49g
  • Polyunsaturated 23g
  • Protein 352g 704%
  • Cholesterol 1,308mg 436%
  • Sodium 14,796mg 616%
  • Calcium 1,094mg 109%
  • Magnesium 883mg 221%
  • Potassium 10,909mg 312%
  • Iron 38mg 212%
  • Zinc 31mg 206%
  • Phosphorus 3,972mg 567%
  • Vitamin A 6,743µg 749%
  • Vitamin C 172mg 287%
  • Thiamin (B1) 7mg 478%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 5mg 285%
  • Niacin (B3) 105mg 523%
  • Vitamin B6 11mg 546%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 545µg 136%
  • Vitamin B12 8µg 138%
  • Vitamin D 14IU 3%
  • Vitamin E 16mg 79%
  • Vitamin K 130µg 163%
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