Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tagine Chicken (One Dish Meal)

Chicken and veggies on the Big Green Egg ala TAGINE.  Cooked indirect (using the platesetter) at 370-400 degrees for 60 – 75 minutes...and it will be done to perfection. The results are one amazingly flavorful one dish meal; 90 minutes from lighting the lump to the table (let rest for 10 minutes before serving). This recipe serves 2 a large one-dish meal with leftover veggies.

2 bone-in Chicken Breast
2 Whole Tomatoes, sliced
Option-14-16 oz. Whole Peeled Canned Tomatoes
Chef Paul Prudhommes Poultry Magic
5 Carrots, quartered
1 Green pepper sliced
1 Red pepper sliced
1 Sweet Onion Chopped
2 Potatoes – Chopped to bite size pieces
Fresh Ground Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper
Paprika (to taste)
Capers (to taste)
2 Cups Chicken Broth

1. Slice and quarter carrots and place in bottom of Tagine on a few tablespoons of EVOO (keeps the chicken from sticking to the bottom.
2. Rub chicken breasts with Poultry Magic and place on carrots.
3. Chop potatoes, tomatoes, onion and peppers and layer on top and around the chicken breasts.
4. Pour chicken broth into Tagine and add capers and paprika, salt and pepper to taste, cover and cook with no peeking.
5. Cook for 60-75 minutes, remove and let rest with Tagine lid in place for 10-15 minutes.

A tagine or tajine (Berber: taǧin) is a type of dish found in the North African cuisines of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, which is named after the special pot in which it is cooked. A similar dish, known as Tavvas, is found in the cuisine of Cyprus. The traditional tagine pot is formed entirely of a heavy clay which is sometimes painted or glazed. It consists of two parts; a base unit which is flat and circular with low sides, and a large cone or dome-shaped cover that rests inside the base during cooking. The cover is so designed to promote the return of all condensation to the bottom. With the cover removed, the base can be taken to the table for serving.