Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Apricots & Olives


This healthy chicken stew is full of warming, spicy flavor thanks to ras el hanout, an aromatic Moroccan spice blend. You can find it in well-stocked grocery stores--or substitute 1/2 tsp. each ground cumin and ginger and 1/4 tsp. each ground cinnamon, coriander and allspice.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced, divided

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons ras el hanout

  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth

  • 1 (15 ounce) can can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed

  • ½ cup chopped dried apricots

  • ½ cup pitted green olives, halved

  • ½ cup toasted slivered almonds, divided

  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a clean plate.

  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits, until the onion is soft and lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Stir in lemon zest, garlic, ginger, tomato paste and ras el hanout. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth, chickpeas, apricots, olives, 1/4 cup almonds and the chicken. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 8 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve topped with the remaining 1/4 cup almonds and cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

344 Calories
17g Fat
27g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 344
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 22g 43%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Vitamin A 627IU 13%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Folate 17mcg 4%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 67mg 16%
Potassium 579mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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