Chicken and Chickpea Tagine with Apricots and Harissa Sauce

Embark on a culinary journey through the vibrant tastes and aromas of North Africa with this Chicken and Chickpea Tagine. This dish, a harmonious blend of succulent chicken, hearty chickpeas, and sweet apricots, all brought to life with a spicy Harissa sauce, promises a dining experience that’s as nutritious as it is delicious.

Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Serving Size

  • Serves 4 people


  1. Prepare the Tagine:
    • In a large tagine or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and brown on both sides. Remove and set aside.
    • In the same tagine, add onions and garlic, cooking until translucent. Stir in cumin, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and pepper, cooking for another minute until fragrant.
    • Return the chicken to the tagine, add chickpeas, apricots, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is tender.
  2. Make the Harissa Sauce:
    • While the tagine is cooking, combine red bell pepper, chili peppers, garlic, salt, coriander, cumin, and olive oil in a blender. Blend until smooth.
    • Transfer to a bowl and stir in lemon juice. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  3. Final Touches:
    • Once the chicken is cooked and tender, spoon over the Harissa sauce and gently mix.
    • Cover and let it simmer for an additional 10 minutes to allow flavors to meld.

Nutritional Info (per serving)

Calories450 kcal
Total Fat22 g
Saturated Fat5 g
Cholesterol130 mg
Sodium800 mg
Total Carbohydrate35 g
Dietary Fiber7 g
Sugars15 g
Protein30 g

Savor this Chicken and Chickpea Tagine with Apricots and Harissa Sauce, and let the rich, bold flavors transport you to the heart of North Africa. Enjoy your culinary adventure!