Chicken, Date, and Apricot Tagine

Chicken, Date, and Apricot Tagine Recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
Use a chef's knife to cut up the chicken, onion, fruit, and herbs, and use a small paring knife to section the lemon and remove the strips of rind. Use the reserved chicken wings later to make stock.


4 servings (serving size: 1 breast half or 1 thigh and 1 drumstick, 3/4 cup fruit mixture, and 3/4 cup couscous)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 477
Caloriesfromfat 15 %
Fat 8.2 g
Satfat 1.6 g
Monofat 3.8 g
Polyfat 1.4 g
Protein 45 g
Carbohydrate 54.8 g
Fiber 5.5 g
Cholesterol 118 mg
Iron 3.8 mg
Sodium 605 mg
Calcium 77 mg


1 (3 1/2-pound) whole chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup sliced whole pitted dates
1/3 cup sliced dried apricots
2 teaspoons (1-inch) julienne-cut lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup lemon sections, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 cups hot cooked couscous


Skin and cut chicken into 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, 2 breast halves, and 2 wings. Reserve chicken wings for another use.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes on each side or until browned. Add onion and the next 6 ingredients (onion through garlic); cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth, dates, apricots, rind, and salt. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until the chicken is tender. Remove from heat; stir in the parsley, lemon sections, and cilantro. Serve over couscous.

David Bonom,

Cooking Light

March 2004
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