Mediterranean style Chicken, Okra and Potato Tagine

Mediterranean style Chicken, Okra and Potato Tagine

I am always up for a nice and warm Mediterranean tagine specially in the winter season. February-March is still very cold in London. While I love salads, my body yearns for something hot and earthy. Mediterranean diet is known for its health benefits. It’s simple, fresh and very nutritious.

Now I don’t have a tagine dish. And I need to make a trip to Morocco to get an authentic tagine. However we still make the tagines in our own style in the casserole dishes at home.

This recipe is super simple and you can create your own variations. The spices are easily found in your spice rack. I have chosen chicken thighs but you can choose boneless thighs or use breast fillets as well.

Lets dive in!

Ingredients

  • 6-7 chicken thighs without skin. You can even use chicken breasts if you like boneless
  • 300gms okra washed, dried and cut in long portions, preferably just halve them
  • 1-2 potatoes roughly diced
  • 1 large onion
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed or diced finely
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 green bay leaves
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 dried lemon (optional)
  • 750 ml water. You can also use stock if you like however if the stock has a different flavour than the seasonings used in the tagine, the overall flavour profile may be altered
  • Salt to taste
  • Parsley or coriander for garnishing
  • Crumbled feta for garnishing (optional)

Method

  • Heat an oven proof casserole and add olive oil. Place the chicken thighs and fry them on both sides till they get a brown colour. Remove them and set aside.
  • In the remaining oil sdd chopped onion, garlic and bay leaves and saute for few minutes till they are pink.
  • Add paprika, turmeric, cumin and coriander and saute for few seconds.
  • Now add the tomato paste. Loosen with little water. Cook this for sometime till the raw taste of tomato paste goes away.
  • Now add the okra and potatoes and toss them around well in the mixture. Cook them with the spices for few minutes.
  • Add the chicken thighs and mix it all well.
  • Now add the stock or water. Season with salt. Add honey and mix it all well.
  • Add a dried lemon if you have. You can also add sliced fresh lemon. I added one dried lemon cut in halves.
  • Once it comes to a boil cover with the lid and place it in a preheated oven at 200 C for 25-30 minutes. Check the chicken and veg, if they are cooked, you can remove it. Feel free to toss them around after 15 minutes of placing in the oven.
  • The juices would have thickened and there will be this thick tagine like gravy with veg and chicken.
  • Garnish with coriander, feta or any other herbs of your choice.
  • Serve with rice or couscous or eat on its own. Add dollop of greek yogurt while serving, it really elevates the flavour.

Recipe variations 

You can add vegetables of your choice like sweet potato or green beans or aubergines. Just keep in mind the cooking time of the vegetables with respect to the cooking time of the chicken. You can also add the veggies half way if they need less time to cook.

You can also make the same recipe with lamb or beef. The cooking time will be more, atleast 20-25 minutes additional.

You can also make this recipe vegetarian by adding more vegetables or adding orzo or bulgur wheat to it.

You can also add apricots or prunes or other traditional dry fruit as added in tagine. I felt with chicken I would not want to add them hence have omitted them.

Final thoughts on chicken, okra and potato tagine

I think its a great one pot fuss free and super healthy dinner for family. You can get creative with the vegetables and the meat. Serving suggestions could also be plenty. I had one serving of it just on its own. Another serving I add it with couscous. You can even serve it with pita or naan breads.

Its full of protein, and goodness of vegetables. Use of olive oil and slow cooking method keeps the fat low as the chicken and vegetables are stewed gently in their juices.

Let me know if you give this recipe a go. Until next time eat healthy!

If you liked this tagine recipe, you may also want to try some similar one pot mediterranean style dinners

One Pot Meatballs and veggie orzo bake

Easy Lamb Youvetsi : Greek Lamb stew

Moroccan Lamb stew with sweet potato and carrots

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