I know, the name of this recipe is a bit misleading, because I didn’t prepare this dish in a tagine, but if you have one, it’s recommended to use it! As you know we don’t always have the right kitchen equipment or ingredients, because of our travels, but it forces me to be creative.
When we lived in Serbia I bought a lot of different spices, because they are hard to find in the Balkan countries, but I still hadn’t used the ras el hanout spices. Hmm, what to make with this?
Back in the Netherlands I remembered making this really nice Moroccan chicken stew with apricots and couscous. I couldn’t find a lot of the original ingredients, like fresh coriander, mint, and apricots, and more importantly, I’m vegetarian these days, so I had to wing it a little bit. My kind of cooking!
The original recipe mentioned dried apricots, but I used fresh nectarines (just as nice), and I added some peppers, just because I like them. I also used the juice of an orange instead of a lemon, again because I prefer this flavor for this dish. I do believe that adding some fresh coriander and red onion over the couscous will elevate the dish! So, make sure to add some, if it’s available.
The whole dish from start to finish took me about 30 – 45 minutes. You can find the recipe here. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Let me know what you think of this dish, by sharing your thoughts in the comment section below.