Chicken and Dried Fruit Tagine

A fragrant blend of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon with dried apricots and dates bring Middle Eastern flavors to this dish. Mediterranean dried apricots make the dish sweeter, California dried apricot halves a little tangier. Serve over whole wheat couscous or brown rice.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken drumsticks (about 6)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Sun-Maid Apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Sun-Maid Pitted Dates, chopped
  • Cooked rice or couscous
  • Directions:

    HEAT olive oil in a wide skillet. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning chicken until browned, 6-8 minutes; remove from pan and set aside.
    ADD onion, garlic and ginger to pan. Cook on medium heat until softened, 2-3 minutes.
    ADD turmeric and cinnamon. Stir until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
    Return chicken to pan. Add broth, apricots and dates. Bring to a simmer; cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken is cooked through (165°F), about 15 minutes. Serve over hot couscous or rice.

    Makes 6 servings.