chicken tagine with sweet potatoes and prunes

Is it really Friday already? Where did this week go? I’d like to request a copy of the transcript to verify that it actually happened. Personally, I’ve got my doubts.

But I guess the fact that I’ve got pictures on my camera of this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes, proves that there was some life in my kitchen this week. Speaking of pictures, no idea why my pictures didn’t work in last week’s post and I can’t seem to fix it. C’est la vie.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this one. Chicken tagine… sounds great, with sweet potatoes… okay, and prunes… hmm, not so much. I don’t think I’ve ever willingly eaten a prune in my life. I considered replacing them with something else, but I’ve never made a tagine before and had no idea what would work and what wouldn’t. In the end, I decided to stick with Dorie and hope for the best.

It turns out that a tagine is not as difficult to make as I thought. For some reason I had built it up in my head as being massively complicated. Not so. It did take some time, but very little of it was hands on time. Mostly you just throw it all into a pot and let it bubble away. So far so good. While the chicken was cooking I made some isreali couscous and put out some walnuts to garnish the dish.

Final verdict? Loved the chicken, loved the sauce, could have done without the sweet potatoes and the prunes (even though I admit that they contributed to the tastiness of the sauce). And the walnuts… well, my husband ate most of those before the chicken was done cooking, but the three or so which I was able to use as a garnish were tasty enough:-)

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14 Responses to chicken tagine with sweet potatoes and prunes

  1. Cher says:

    Yeah, I get the sense that this didn’t pass as “man food” in many of our houses 🙂
    Your dish is lovely and I hope your weekend goes by more slowly than your week…

  2. Cakelaw says:

    ooooh, I love chicken and prunes – I made a similar dish by Zucchini and Chocolate a couple of years ago and adored it. Your tagine looks good.

  3. I actually ended up liking the taste of the prunes which is probably good preparation for old age. I think Israel couscous was a great idea to serve it with.

  4. It turns out many men didn´t care for the tagine. Wonderful with the couscous!

  5. I can definitely relate to the apprehensiveness to the prunes… which is why I skipped them. I almost reconsidered after reading the P&Q thread but am glad I stuck to ‘my’ version.

  6. Elaine says:

    I totally forgot about the walnuts, but sure did enjoy the sweet potatoes and prunes and like you would have never thought of putting them two of them together in the same pot. My husband actually did like this dish, but I have to admit that I happily ate the leftover sweet potatoes and prunes the next day.

  7. teaandscones says:

    Prunes not high on my list. But I tried one and it wasn’t bad. all cooked down with the taters. Glad to have left overs just for me.

  8. I also thought this was going to be laborious to make, but I was pleasantly surprised how simple it was!

  9. Alice says:

    I’m totally thinking I’m going to buy a tagine before I leave England, which is quickly coming along… next FEB! WOW! I have noticed that some of the pictures on my blog from early last year seem to work sometimes and not others, maybe it will all work itself out 🙂

  10. Rose, lovely Chicken Tagine – it looks wonderful the way you presented it! And you added the prunes too – if I had done that, I do not think that my taste testers would have stayed for dinner, oh well, I am sure that this recipe was just as wonderful without them!

    Hope you had a good trip to Wolfsburg, not to much rain or snow or winds but a reasonably smooth ride!

  11. Funny, my husband loved this one. Reminded us of Morocco where we met!

  12. betsy says:

    My husband liked this, as long as I left the prunes off his plate. I’m glad you enjoyed most of this dish, and that it gave you proof that you cooked something this week, even if it surprised you.. I keep forgetting to sprinkle it with nuts (originally, and the leftovers). One more serving left, so I have one more chance. Hope you had a great weekend.

  13. Karen says:

    I’m glad you found the time to make this one!

  14. A week behind in commenting! Yeah, there were enough ingredients that the hubby wouldn’t eat, that I passed, but I wouldn’t mind at least a small serving! It looks tempting~

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