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FFwD: Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)

French Fridays with Dorie Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)

French Fridays this week features a tagine, which is a dish that I love. This one has chicken and sweet potatoes, along with prunes or…hmmm, let’s maybe just say figs. That’s what I had already, so that’s what I used for the dish (and these Around my French Table recipes do seem to be fairly forgiving ingredient substitution).

I do look forward to making tagines on account of my super-awesome Emile Henry tagine (the result of a gift card to Sur la Table), so this FFwD was an extra special treat for me.

Notes:
1. I replaced the 1/2 cup water with wine because, why not?
2. I deglazed the pan that I browned the chicken in with the stock and then added the saffron to that, before adding it to the tagine (for some reason, I think I’ve heard to add saffron to liquids first). Plus, I really didn’t want to waste any flavor from the chicken-browning pan.
3. There was garlic added (duh).
4. We had this with whole wheat couscous.
5. I liked the flavor a lot, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the French are just not all that into spicy food.

And now a link to everyone’s posts and my photos below.

French Fridays with Dorie Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)
Browned chicken, set aside and waiting for the onions to finish cooking.

French Fridays with Dorie Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)
Dried figs (in place of the prunes), halved.

French Fridays with Dorie Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)
Skillet deglazed with stock, safron added.

French Fridays with Dorie Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)
Star anise, bay leaf, cinnamon and cayenne co-mingling with the onions and broth.

French Fridays with Dorie Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)
The chicken nestled down in there, about to be joined by the sweet potatoes.

French Fridays with Dorie Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)
Simmering gently for 45 minutes in my previously mentioned, super-awesome tagine!

15 comments to FFwD: Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes (Figs)

  • Your tagine is so cool! I should take advantage of Sur La Table shipping to Puerto Rico once the holiday sales start rolling in. I love the figs substitution… they might have been a good addition to my “tagine”!

  • I love your tagine! Must…refrain…from…ordering….

  • I must also admit to loving your tagine. It’s so pretty! And the fig substitution is a nice one, I’ll have to remember that for next time. Nice job!

  • mlb

    Adriana: Thanks! I know, when I saw it I totally fell in love with it. And eventhough I only use it 5-6 times a year? Completely worth it!

    Eileen: Stay strong….or not ;-)

    Sara: thanks! Yeah, I liked the figs in this a lot.

  • I was wondering if any one would come through with using the actual tagine pot. I agree – they are so cool, but I am sure I would be lamb-blasted if suddenly one magically appeared in my pantry.
    I like the figs and your final outcome looks amazing.

  • Beautiful pot, how exciting that you got to use it. I love Sur la Table and can’t ever seem to get out of there without something new.

  • Your tagine is lovely! I’ve been coveting one from Le Creuset but I used my dutch oven for this one. I thought about replacing the water with wine and I don’t know why I didn’t. I love all your substitutions

  • Your tangible looks delicious. I love the addition of the figs:).

  • I truly love your version… wine and figs you got my Italian tummy singing.

  • Love your new tagine! So authentic! Great idea to use wine for the water. I wish I’d thought of that. The figs sound tasty too.

  • Also drooling over your tagine. How cool to be THAT authentic.

  • That is a gorgeous pot! I bet the figs were interesting. I love prunes but I love figs too. I used wine too. You can never go wrong using wine! Looks delicious!!

  • Oh you used dried figs?? I thought you put in fresh ones! Well, I’m sure they still tasted great! :) Love your tagine!!

  • mlb

    Cher: Thanks!

    Rose: It is pretty dangerous to go wandering around in there…

    Maggie: Thank you! :)

    Geraldine: Thanks!

    Diane: Hooray for wine and figs!

    Betsy: Thanks!

    Margaret: The tagine is really cool. Thanks!

    Lola: Yep. Wine! ;-)

    Alice: Yeah, I had dried figs so I used those…I bet fresh would be interesting, though! :)

  • Your tagine looks delicious, I’m making mine tommorrow night so I appreciate your tips;-). I will be using wine too and I may spice mine up a bit more;-)