Moroccan nectarine tagine with courgettes, chicken and red peppers

I always add sultanas to a tagine as standard and occasionally some dried apricots, but I had fresh nectarines to use up so I went for it and it turned out really well. This is a great dish because you can prepare it the night before or in the morning and leave it slow cooking on a low heat for hours.

Recipe (serves 4)

250g chicken (optional)
2 large chopped onions
Handful of sultanas
2 courgettes
One red pepper
2-3 fresh nectarines
Garlic (amount depends on your preference – I love loads)
1/2 litre of stock
Generous squeeze of tomato puree
50ml red wine
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
Pinch of cinnamon
Tspn paprika
Tbspn honey
Tin of chickpeas or equivalent dried
400g of dried couscous
Handful of sultanas
A few chopped sundried tomatoes

Preparation (30mins) and cooking time (ideally all day!)
In a large pan, brown off the chicken in some olive oil and add the onions until they are softened. Then add all of the chopped ingredients except the chickpeas, and stir and cook on a low heat for as long as possible its as simple as that. You don’t need to add the chickpeas until around 30 minutes before serving.
For the couscous add the stock to a saucepan and bring to the boil, stir in the couscous and remove from the heat. Add the sultanas and chopped sundried tomatoes and a drizzle of oil.

You could use a handful of chopped dried apricots instead of the fresh nectarines. You can always substitute the chicken for lamb, or better still vegetarian as this dish truthfully doesn’t need meat, the flavours are rich enough.


2 thoughts on “Moroccan nectarine tagine with courgettes, chicken and red peppers

  1. Hi Nigella!! You really are into your cooking arent you?! Your blog updates are better then the Good Food recipes i get weekly! This recipe has inspired me and i am going to do some kind of couscous-y/chicken thing for tea tonight :)!

    Have you thought about becoming a baker? Any new found passion in making cakes?

    Im worried about what all this food is doing to Seb, can we see pictures of him to see if he has been suitably fattened yet!

    Keep up the good cooking!!


  2. Only just discovered this comment missus, yes I flipping love to cook. Especially whilst job hunting, its the small pleasures. How did that meal go?
    No baking, I’m terrible at it. I can’t bring myself to follow strict recipes and it always goes wrong.
    Don’t worry about Seb his metabolism could power through 20 of these meals and he’d still not gain any weight!!

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