Chicken Tagine with Orange & Honey

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Serves2 people
Chicken Tagine with Orange & Honey

Golden turmeric, sweet honey and juicy chunks of orange fill this easy chicken tagine with colour and add a touch of Middle Eastern magic to a Moroccan classic.


  • 1 butternut squash
  • 4 shallots
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 250g diced chicken leg
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 150g bulgar wheat
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 650ml boiling water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 30 mins

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1. Peel the squash. Cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 2cm chunks. Peel and halve the shallots.
2. Peel the ginger and finely grate it. Crumble the stock cube into a heatproof jug. Pour over 400ml boiling water and set aside.
3. Heat a deep frying pan or wok over a medium-high heat for 1 min. Add 1 tbsp oil. Tip in the diced chicken leg and halved shallots. Cook and stir for 5 mins till the chicken and shallots are golden all over.
4. Add the squash and ginger to the frying pan with 1 tsp each of the cumin, coriander seeds and mixed spice. Lightly crush 4 cardamom pods to open them up a little and add them. Stir to mix. Add the cranberries. Pour in the chicken stock. Cover and simmer for 15 mins.
5. While the chicken simmers, tip the bulgar wheat into a bowl and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add a big pinch of turmeric and stir. Pour in 250ml boiling water. Cover with cling film or a plate. Put to one side so the bulgar wheat can absorb the water. Zest and juice the orange. Grate the courgette.
6. After 15 mins cooking, add the orange juice and 1 tbsp of the honey to the tagine. Stir in the grated courgette. Put the lid back on and cook for a further 2-3 mins till the veg are tender and the chicken is cooked through.
7. Heap the golden turmeric bulgar wheat in warm bowls. Top with the chicken tagine. Scatter over the orange zest. Serve with the rest of the orange sliced into wedges.
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