Servings: Makes 4–6 servings
Ingredients 3 pound chicken , cut and skinned (or skinless chicken breasts, thighs, and legs)1 medium-sized onion , chopped4 cloves garlic , skinned and mashed2 medium-sized carrots , peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks1 medium-sized sweet potato , skinned and cut into 1-inch chunks6 tablespoons honey1/2 teaspoon allspice1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon lemon juice1/4 cup chicken broth1/4 cup toasted almonds1/4 cup white raisinsSprigs fresh cilantro4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet, brown the chicken pieces over medium heat, and set aside.
Place a heat diffuser over your burner. The heat diffuser prevents the pot from burning or damage. Place the clay pot on the diffuser and turn on the burner to medium.
In a large bowl, combine the chicken, carrots, sweet potato, honey, allspice, cinnamon, salt, lemon juice and chicken broth. Lightly toss to coat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the tagine. When hot, add the onion, garlic and spices. Cook until soft, around 6 minutes.
Add the combined ingredients to the tagine. Cover the pot and simmer for about 40 minutes, or until done. Remove from the oven and garnish the tagine with raisins, toasted almonds and fresh cilantro.
Recommended technique: Most clay pots need to be soaked and dried for several hours. This is called "seasoning" the pot. If your pot is not seasoned, plan ahead and season it. Once it is seasoned, you'll need to repeat the process about once a year.