Chicken and Olive Tagine
By :No Pressure Cookbook by Laurel Randolph
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Tagines are a North African dish that are named after the earthenware pot they’re cooked in—meaning this is technically not a tagine. But for those of us not lucky enough to own a tagine, a pressure cooker will have to do! Chicken thighs are marinated in a fragrant blend of spices, which also flavor the reduced sauce at the end. The dish is a fantastic mix of tender chicken, warm spices, and briny olives.
Votes: 8
Rating: 5
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken, Garlic, Onion
Prep Time 75 minutes
Cook Time 31 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 large chicken thighs skin-on and bone-in (2 1/2 pounds to 3 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic smashed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/3 cup high-quality pitted olives
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Poultry
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Chicken, Garlic, Onion
Prep Time 75 minutes
Cook Time 31 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 large chicken thighs skin-on and bone-in (2 1/2 pounds to 3 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic smashed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/3 cup high-quality pitted olives
Votes: 8
Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. COMBINE the paprika, cumin, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Season the chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Rub both sides of each thigh with the spice mixture, using it all. Place in a bowl or plastic bag to marinate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 hours.
  2. ONCE the chicken is done marinating, turn on the Sauté function. Once hot, add the oil. Add 2 of the thighs, skin side down, and cook for about 3 minutes without moving. Remove and repeat with the remaining thighs. Set aside.
  3. ADD the onion and cook for 2 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pot. Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 more minute. Turn off the Sauté function. Add the broth and scrape any remaining bits off the bottom of the pot. Add the chicken, skin side up, and squeeze them in so that they fit in one layer. Secure the lid.
  4. COOK at high pressure for 10 minutes and use a natural release.
  5. REMOVE the chicken and some of the onions. Turn on the Sauté function and simmer the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes, until reduced by more than half and starting to thicken. Turn off the Sauté function. Add the lemon juice, stir, and taste for seasoning.
  6. TO SERVE, pour the sauce over the chicken and sprinkle the olives on top.
Recipe Notes

Serve with Ghee Mashed Potatoes (https://recipes.instantpot.com/recipe/ghee-mashed-potatoes/) or a grain to soak up all of the rich sauce.

13 replies
  1. instantpotapp
    instantpotapp says:

    So pleased with the way this turned out! Flavorful! Will make again. Wondering what would be a good side dish to serve with this?

  2. beckbeck1983
    beckbeck1983 says:

    This was very flavorful and the chicken was cooked perfectly. I think i would prefer skinless thighs (bone in for flavor). I browned the chicken and crisped the skin but it didnt stay crispy through the pressure cooking process. Im going to try boneless skinless thighs next time. I served it with couscous and it was great!

  3. contrerv
    contrerv says:

    Even my three year old sons loved this dish. I used skinless/boneless chicken thighs. Served with mashed potatoes.

  4. beckbeck1983
    beckbeck1983 says:

    This is my favorite instant pot recipe. Ive made it with skin on and skinless chicken. The skin doesnt stay crispy so you dont really need it.

  5. GMH
    GMH says:

    Loved it! ( I added 3/4 cup water because of all the Stuff I’ve read… and 1/4 c red wine. Next time ONLY add 1/4 cup wine. A bitcwatery because I didn!t trust the recipe.!

  6. Aba
    Aba says:

    Thanks for this cool recipe. I really love chicken and I prefer to cook chicken for my every dinner. My favorite recipe with chicken is chicken spaghetti. I found recipe of chicken spaghetti here club.cooking/recipe/chicken-spaghetti-recipe/

  7. cbrillow
    cbrillow says:

    I was concerned that the amounts and types of spices used would be overwhelming, but they really weren’t – this dish was very flavorful and tasty!

    I had to substitute tomato sauce for tomato paste, so I doubled the amount and let it cook down a bit more after the chicken was cooked, adding some cornstarch slurry to help with thickening. This resulted in a very rich sauce which was spooned over the chicken just prior to serving.

    I also used boneless/skinless thighs. Will make this again!

  8. Shelly Duea
    Shelly Duea says:

    This recipe was FANTASTIC and most definitly my favorite instantpot recipe to date. I served the chicken and sauce over riced cauliflower flavored with cilantro and lime. Everyone loved it! We like spicy food so I did add some heat to the sauce with serrano chilis and cayenne. I used Castelvetrano and kalamata olives and added a little olive juice to the sauce. Thank you for the great recipe!

  9. Reneekphillips
    Reneekphillips says:

    Added about 10-12 pitted dates to pot before pressure cooking which was delicious! I used lemon zest as well as juice for a little more lemon hint. Served with coucous with parsley.

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