Recipes

Thyme Honey Chicken and Date Tagine

By combining medieval techniques with modern ideas you can achieve a sensational meal. Here, the tagine aids the slow cooking process by keeping the chicken moist and the dates and New Zealand Honey Co. Thyme Honey add a subtle sweetness with the use of Middle Eastern spice. Serve with couscous and a garden salad.

Serves: 4-6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 180 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large whole free range chicken, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon each of paprika and turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon thyme honey
  • 4 cloves, roughly chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of dried dates
  • 2 tablespoons dried or fresh mint leaves

Method

Step 1:

  • 1 large whole free range chicken, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon each of paprika and turmeric

Mix together. Rub over chicken and let sit whilst preparing the rest of ingredients.

Step 2:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 lemon, sliced

Sautee together in frying pan for 3 minutes. Place in tagine base.

Step 3:

Brown the chicken pieces in extra oil for 2 minutes each side. Place in tagine base.

Step 4:

Turn heat off and add:

  • 2 tablespoon thyme honey
  • 4 cloves, roughly chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of dried dates
  • 2 tablespoons dried or fresh mint leaves

Add this also to the tagine base with 2 cups water. Season with cracked pepper. Place tagine lid on base.

Turn oven to bake at 160 degrees Celsius and bake for 3 hours.

Note: If you are using an earthen tagine, it is important to bring the oven and tagine up to heat together i.e.: do not place tagine in a hot oven. If you are using a tagine with a cast iron base, you can prepare using that on the stove top and put it straight into a pre heated oven. If you do not have a tagine, you can follow the recipe above exactly and use an earthen or ceramic casserole dish instead.