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Chicken Tagine Recipe Moroccan Food

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Chicken tagine is a Moroccan dish. This wonderful recipe is also beautifully made by Christine Benlafquih on The Spruce Eats .  Chicken tagine is made with healthy zucchinis and olives.

Zucchinis are good for heart health because they have a good amount of potassium. Zucchinis are also high in antioxidant vitamin C, which may help lowering blood pressure and to protect against clogged arteries. They are also richer than cucumbers in iron and potassium.

This recipe can be served on special occasions like a dinner party. Make this delicious Moroccan chicken tagine for your friends and family.

So the chicken has many health benefits and risks. Make sure you do not consume it on a regular basis. Also, make sure you read the advantages and disadvantages of eating chicken.

Chicken is not the only one with risks, chickpeas also contain risks which are given below.

Health benefits of chickpea

The chickpea is an annual legume. It has many health benefits some are given below.

  1. Chickpeas are high in fiber and are good for people with diabetes.
  2. Chickpeas are rich in iron, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K. Eating chickpeas can help you maintain bone structure and strength.
  3. Chickpeas are low in sodium (low salt) which can help you maintain low blood pressure.
  4. The high fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6 content all support heart health.
  5. The mineral selenium is not present in most fruits and vegetables, it can be found in chickpeas. Selenium prevents inflammation and decreases tumor growth rates.
  6. Including chickpeas in the diet lowers the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood.
  7. The choline in chickpeas helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory.
  8. Chickpeas help to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthful digestive tract.
  9. It decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease, promotes a healthful complexion, healthful hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

One cup of cooked chickpeas contains:

  1. 269 calories
  2. 45 g of carbohydrate
  3. 15 g of protein
  4. 13 g of dietary fiber
  5. 4 g of fat
  6. 0 g of cholesterol


Legumes contain oligosaccharides known as galactans, or complex sugars that the body cannot digest because it lacks the enzyme alpha-galactosidase. This enzyme is needed to break these sugars down. As a result, the consumption of legumes such as chickpeas has been known to cause some people intestinal gas and discomfort.

Anyone who experiences symptoms when eating legumes should introduce them into their diet slowly. Another option is to drain the water used to soak dried legumes. This removes two oligosaccharides, raffinose, and stachyose, and eliminates some of the digestive issues.

Chicken Tagine Recipe

Chicken Tagine Recipe
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Category: Moroccan Food
Cuisine: Morocco
Chicken Tagine Recipe

35 minutes
  • Whole chicken dissected
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 2 tblsp oil to cook
  • 1 large onion – finely chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a few strands of saffron
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 bunch coriander (reserve some to serve)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 carrots thinly sliced
  • 2 zucchinis cut in strips (courgettes)
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup olives (optional)
5 minutes
30 minutes
Ready in
35 minutes
  1. Start off by marinating your chicken in the garlic.
  2. Get a pan heating on the stove (you could use a tagine base), add in the oil and the chicken and let the chicken brown over a medium to high heat. Once the chicken has browned add in the onion and cook until soft.
  3. Add in all the spices up to and including the can of diced tomatoes in the ingredient list and let cook on a high heat until the liquid starts to bubble.
  4. Add water and carrots, let cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Add in zucchini and chickpeas.
  6. Place a lid on the pot and let it all cook for a further 15 minutes or until the vegetables and chicken are tender.
  7. Throw in olives. Sprinkle with coriander to serve.

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