Tajine of chicken, caramelized onions and pears from A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood (page 58) by Diana Henry

  • saffron
  • shallots
  • whole chicken
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • honey
  • onions
  • pears

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Notes about this recipe

  • alexthepink on August 09, 2019

    Nice, but too sweet for me and quite an effort to make, so I don't think I will be doing this one again.

  • Melyinoz on March 17, 2018

    I'm not as much a fan of this dish as others here. There wasn't anything wrong with the dish, but I wouldn't rush to cook it again. Especially with so many other standout recipes I have already cooked from this book, and so many others to try.

  • veronicafrance on March 26, 2016

    I reckon there are no duds in this book -- another excellent result. I didn't find it particularly time-consuming; I did use chicken drumsticks though, so they didn't take long to cook, and you can continue with preparation (for example peeling the shallots) while the chicken is cooking. The pears I had weren't great and even so the result was excellent, with the contrast between briefly cooked pears (fried while the sauce reduced) and everything else. I didn't reduce the sauce to nothing as she implies you should -- it was too good for that, so I just boiled till caramel coloured and syrupy. It's so good that plainly steamed instant couscous is absolutely fine as an accompaniment.

  • eliza on July 11, 2015

    Really liked this dish. I used chicken thighs and made a smaller amount but otherwise followed the recipe. It took about 1.5 hrs from start to finish. I think this could be streamlined somewhat; for example, chicken goes in and cooks 15 minutes before the shallots then later the chicken comes out and onions cooked further...I will change that next time I try it, hopefully making it quicker with no loss of flavour. Love the addition of pears at the end.

  • NikkiPixie on April 16, 2015

    This was absolutely amazing. Time consuming - a LOT of shallots to peel - but the flavour was spectacular. My partner was literally licking his plate afterwards. Make sure you use a high quality honey, it made all the difference.

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