Tagine with Prunes

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By Claudia Roden

Published 1986

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In the Kitab al Wusla il al Habib, a medieval manuscript, there is a dish of chicken with prunes. Moroccans today cook a similar dish. Here is the recipe.


  • 1 large or 2 small chickens
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon</


Wash the chicken and put it in a large pan with the sliced onion. Sprinkle with saffron, ginger and salt to taste, cover with water and simmer gently, covered, until the chicken is tender and the stock is very much reduced. After about the first ¾ hour of cooking, add the finely chopped onions.

When the chicken is tender, add the prunes and continue cooking with the pan uncovered for ab