Chicken and Olive Tagine
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.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 75minutes
Cook Time
31 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 75minutes
Cook Time
31 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4large chicken thighsskin-on and bone-in (2 1/2 pounds to 3 pounds)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil
  • 1 onionsliced
  • 6cloves garlicsmashed
  • 2tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 lemonjuiced
  • 1/3cup high-quality pitted olives
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.