Moroccan Tagine Chicken – another Instant Pot recipe!
Let's get a little exotic with the Instant Pot and take a flavor journey to Morocco!
I had been interested in a Moroccan style of slow cooking in a special pot called a tagine, but I've never wanted to spend the money to invest in a tagine, as I had never eaten Moroccan food before. What if I didn't like it!? Recently, after getting an Instant Pot from my parents for Christmas, I started looking up recipes for some good food to cook in the Instant Pot. It occurred to me to look into cooking tagine, in the Instant Pot. I'm glad I did!
To start, I trimmed some skinless, boneless chicken thighs, and seasoned them with cumin, turmeric, ginger powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. The smell was rich and strong. I could tell right away this dish had some promise to it! With the Instant Pot set to its sauté setting, I browned the seasoned chicken thighs, and set them aside.
Chicken all seasoned and ready to go!
Browning nicely! Very aromatic!
After setting aside the browned chicken thighs I added onion and carrot to the Instant Pot to sauté. After a couple of minutes, chicken broth was added and all of the brown crusty stuff was scraped off the bottom of the pot. It's best not to waste that flavor! The chicken was added back to the pot and chickpeas, diced tomatoes, diced roasted tomatoes, garlic, crushed red pepper, and diced dates were added to the pot. The ingredients were topped off with a single cinnamon stick before the pot was sealed up to pressure cook for fifteen minutes (and an additional ten minute natural pressure release).
I've never cooked with dates before!
It's fun using new-to-me ingredients!
Sautéed veggies went in after the chicken came out.
All of the ingredients in the pot, ready for pressure cooking!
The smell when opening the pot was absolutely beautiful. But the sight of the finished pot of food was even better! I plated our Instant Pot tagine chicken with some couscous to keep it as authentic I could with my meager knowledge of Moroccan cuisine. I was pretty thrilled with the flavors; a little savory, slightly salty, slightly sweet, with a touch of heat and spice. The juices went well with the couscous and it all went well mixed up together on my plate. The chicken thighs were fall apart tender! I will definitely do this again, but maybe increase the amount of dates I used to nudge up the sweetness in the flavor. I will also be trying to prepare more Moroccan tagine cuisine in the Instant Pot. Look for an Instant Pot beef tagine from me soon!
All done after 15 minutes of pressure cooking and a 10 minute natural release of the pressure.
All stirred up!
Instant Pot chicken tagine with couscous. This is pretty exotic for me!
I wish I could send everybody a sample to taste!