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Chicken and Chickpea Tagine with Apricots and Harissa Sauce - 2017 Private Reserve White

Chicken and Chickpea Tagine with Apricots and Harissa Sauce - 2017 Private Reserve White
Recipe Date:
July 1, 2019
Serving Size:
Cook Time:
Imperial (US)
Chicken and Chickpea Tagine with Apricots and Harissa Sauce is a unique dish that would pair nicely with the Private Reserve White. The aromas in the dish should heighten the fruit flavors and creaminess in the wine.
  • 2 tbsps canola oil
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ras al-hanut
  • Large pinch saffron, soaked in 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained (15-ounce can)
  • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained (15-ounce can)
  • 3/4 cup dried apricots, sliced into half moons
  • Harissa Sauce, recipe follows
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Heat canola oil in a large Dutch oven or a tagine over high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and place in the hot pan, skin side down, in batches if needed; cook until golden brown. Turn the thighs over and cook for 2 minutes longer. Remove chicken to a plate.

3. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the oil from the pan then add the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ras al-hanut and cook another 30 seconds. Add the saffron with the soaking liquid, cinnamon stick, tomatoes, chickpeas, and apricots and bring to a simmer. Nestle the chicken into the mixture and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook on the stovetop or in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the chicken is tender. Do not remove the lid to check on the chicken until this time. Garnish each serving with a dollop of Harissa Sauce, parsley and cilantro.

Harissa Sauce:

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and let stand at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.

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