The Moroccan word tagine, when translated simply as “stew,” hardly does justice to this beautifully fragrant, succulent one-dish meal. (Tagine is also the name of the distinctive pot in which the meal is traditionally cooked and served.) Pomegranate juice lends a tart depth of flavor to the sauce; use bottled juice and skip the garnish when the fruit is not in season. Serve with whole-wheat couscous to soak up the delicious sauce.

Kitty Morse
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2003


Recipe Summary

1 hr 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • If using fresh pearl onions, cook in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain. Peel when cool enough to handle. If using frozen onions, rinse under warm water to thaw.

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ginger and pepper; cook, stirring, until fragrant and beginning to foam, about 1 minute. Add chicken and onions; stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to turn golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Add pomegranate juice, prunes, apricots, cilantro and salt; bring to a simmer. Cover tightly with foil and then with a lid. Transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

  • Remove lid and foil. Discard cilantro. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 10 minutes longer.

  • Meanwhile, toast sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until light golden and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.

  • To serve, spoon the tagine into a serving bowl or onto plates. Garnish with sesame seeds and pomegranate seeds.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat on the stovetop, in the oven (350°F, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes) or in the microwave.

Equipment: Kitchen string

Ingredient note: Look for pomegranate juice with other bottled juices or in the produce section of well-stocked supermarkets and natural-foods stores.

Tip: To avoid the enduring stains of pomegranate juice, work under water! Fill a large bowl with water. Hold the pomegranate in the water and slice off the crown. Lightly score the fruit into quarters, from crown to stem end. Keeping the fruit under water, break it apart, gently separating the plump arils from the outer skin and white pith. The seeds will drop to the bottom of the bowl and the pith will float to the surface. Discard the pith. Pour the seeds into a colander. Rinse and pat dry. The seeds can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable bag for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

432 calories; protein 29.6g 59% DV; carbohydrates 55g 18% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 5.1g 21% DV; sugars 38.5g; fat 9.4g 14% DV; saturated fat 2g 10% DV; cholesterol 133.2mg 44% DV; vitamin a iu 2038.3IU 41% DV; vitamin c 3mg 5% DV; folate 6mcg 2% DV; calcium 28.8mg 3% DV; iron 2.7mg 15% DV; magnesium 32.9mg 12% DV; potassium 1186.1mg 33% DV; sodium 433.2mg 17% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 13% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Delicious and Easy Great recipe! I served it with quinoa but I will try couscous or brown rice next time since the quinoa didn't soak up the extra juice as well. I did make a few changes due to what I had on hand: instead of pearl onions I coarsely chopped a small white onion and sauteed it for a few minutes in the oil and spices and I used cranberry-pomegranate juice from concentrate (it was less expensive than pure pomegranate juice). It turned out delicious even my guy approved! Even though the stew takes a while to cook the hands-on prep time was minimal making this an easy dish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have been to Morocco and eaten tagines that are very similar to this one. This recipe really nails the authentic flavor of a home-cooked Moroccan dish. Made this with couscous and it was absolutely delicious! Read More
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Yummy! Great blend of flavors and relatively easy to prepare-I cooked it in a tagine-very fun! Read More
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Yummy! Great blend of flavors and relatively easy to prepare! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
So good made again! Great dish to use up leftover fruit. Spouse loved it and readily ate all of the leftovers. A dish that will be more frequently on our menu! Pros: Great use of left over fruit easy to make Cons: Spouse ate all the leftovers:) Read More