Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke
4 servings (serving size: 1 breast half or 1 thigh and 1 drumstick, 3/4 cup fruit mixture, and 3/4 cup couscous)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Ratings & Reviews

mmmbanya12135's Review

March 12, 2013
SO good- the whole family loved it. A wonderful, strange blend of flavors. I used Far East Parmesan couscous and it was delicious. I highly recommend the couscous- not rice! It really compliments the dish. You may want to double it though because it's so good to eat with the sauce from the dish. I could just eat that and pass on the chicken. But the chicken is flavorful and tender. This is a keeper.

Joutesgab's Review

November 24, 2013
Absolutely delicious! I've never made anything like this and we loved it.

contentedgirl's Review

November 28, 2012
This is a definite keeper! The flavors were excellent! I doubled up on legs & thighs since I didn't have breasts. For the couscous, I made Cooking Light's Pistachio Couscous recipe using Israeli couscous. Everything was delicious & I wanted more than the 1 thigh & leg per serving! Can't wait to make it again.

monamcduff's Review

June 29, 2012
This dish was absolutely delicious. I was trying to replicate a dish I had eaten at a Moroccan restaurant and this came very close.

bahibektoi's Review

November 16, 2010
Great sweet-savory dish. Even my North-African husband likes it! (Although he says it's not a real tagine.)

elisajjohnson's Review

July 19, 2010
This was fantastic and easy. I didn't have dates, so I substituted dried plums (in addition to the apricots). I sauteed the onions & spices then added the broth & fruit the day before. My husband browned chicken thighs & poured the whole thing in the crockpot at noon. When I got home from work at 6, it was ready. I made the couscous & quick salad. Everyone in my family ate a lot, including my toddler who kept asking for more chicken. She ate an entire thigh herself!

arcticboolie's Review

January 27, 2010
The chicken was so moist and tender, it just melted in my mouth. Will definitely make it again. My alterations: I used lemon zest instead of slices of lemon rind and I used a bit more chicken stock.

dory92064's Review

February 20, 2009
This is definitely a Keeper! Wonderful flavor and easy to prepare! Only change to recipe was to use pkg of 12 boneless chicken thighs. Instead of couscous, served on bed of lentils, with bacon-date puree (BonAppetite recipe). Served with salad of arugula, grape tomatoes & avocado w/olive oil & balsamic vinegar.