30-Minute Chicken Tagine
Tagines are complexly spiced North African stews. They come in myriad variations, but one of the most common combines chicken with chickpeas and apricots. Tagines typically take an hour or more of steady simmering before they are ready for the table. We wanted a version in half that time.
Why This Recipe Works
In search of a shortcut that could put our chicken tagine recipe on the table in 30 minutes, we gave the chicken a head start by precooking it in the microwave. After trying a variety of powers and cooking times, we found the power and time combination that gave us what we were looking for: halfway cooked chicken that cooked through in the braising liquid in about 10 minutes. For the chicken itself, we most liked boneless, skinless chicken thighs, which were packed with flavor and had a very moist texture, for our chicken tagine recipe.