Chicken and Winter Squash Tagine

What is a Tagine?

Interesting…it not only refers to the “stew” best known and treasured in North Africa, but also the pot that the stew is cooked in…a wide, shallow flameproof pottery that’s cover looks like a chimney or dunce cap.

These stews are African, but also a little bit French and Middle Eastern as well. The main seasoning, Ras el hanout, originates in Morocco. There are many spices included in this mixture and vary with which/where you buy it, but most commonly included are cumin, cloves, allspice, cardamom, ginger, chili, and peppers.

This particular Tagine combines chicken, slow cooked onion, and acorn squash.

The onions are slow cooked in either a Tagine or Dutch oven, which I used. While that is cooking, you brown the chicken thighs and drumsticks. Before you mix the two together, you add all the spices to the onions…and some of it is by the tablespoon!: Ras el hanout, honey, sumac, strips of lemon zest, turmeric, and cayenne. That is all blended with the chicken broth and lemon juice.

The browned chicken pieces and cut and prepared acorn squash are added to the pot. The entire thing is covered brought to a boil and then simmered for about 45 min until the “chicken is fall of the bone tender”.

It is suggested that the chicken and squash is served with couscous so that is what I prepared. There is a lot of juice in the stew that can be used to pour over the chicken, squash, and couscous giving it extra flavor.

The good news is, the chicken was literally “fall off the bone tender” so much so, my husband said, “you should find more recipes to make chicken this way” haha. So moist and flavorful. The bad news is, we weren’t huge fans of the overall dish. We ate it and were thankful to try something new and different, but we just didn’t love the spices or the squash. 🤷‍♀️. I think we just aren’t crazy about the allspice/cinnamon flavoring on chicken. We ate the leftovers the next day, but I don’t see myself making this particular recipe again. Will be curious to see what the others thought…it is probably just us haha!

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