By Danielle Norton
Confined to our homes during these stressful and unusual times, some of us are drinking a little more than usual. Waking each morning with a headache that could, quite possibly, be the first sign of Coronavirus, we hobble to the kitchen for coffee and wait for it to pass.
This Moroccan style chicken tagine is a hearty cure-all and a perfect hangover cure, it is not difficult to make and will be loved by the whole family – simple, delicious fuss-free cooking which is exactly what you need if you have enjoyed a few too many glasses of wine the night before.
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 whole chicken, cut in quarters
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
4 tins of chopped tomatoes (or 1.2kg fresh)
2 tbsp honey
1/3 cup of blanched almonds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat the oil and butter in a heavy based casserole dish and lightly brown the chicken. With a medium heat level this should take about four minutes.
2. Add the onion, garlic, cinnamon and ginger and stir for 30 seconds to combine. Pour tomatoes over the top and mix in some salt and pepper. Heat until tomatoes start to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for an hour. You do need to stir this occasionally. At this stage you can place the pan, covered, in a moderate oven (180 C) and leave it to bake if you prefer.
3. Once the chicken is thoroughly cooked (i.e. not pink) remove the pieces and reserve in another bowl while you increase the heat and the sauce thickens. Add the honey and stir for a minute. Then add the chickpeas and return the chicken to the pan. Heat for 2-3 minutes.
4. Dry fry the sesame seeds and almonds in a small fry pan until they change from pale to slightly browned. You want them to be crunchy, not burnt.
5. Either transfer the chicken casserole to a serving platter or serve straight from the pan, sprinkled with the nuts. Served with corn bread or couscous. Enjoy!
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