Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Almonds, packing up Christmas

After I made the Chicken Korma I had leftover apricots.

That happens often (always) when one is cooking for two and buys a special ingredient.

With something like dried apricots, that leaves two choices: snack on them or make another dish using apricots.

Being a frugal femme au foyer I opted for another dish.

The Chicken Korma was Indian; this one is Moroccan, based on a recipe from my Moroccan cook book.

The original recipe used fresh apricots, but we all know I can’t follow a recipe….

Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Almonds

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, each breast cut in half
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp zaatar
  • 1 tbs parsley
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 8 apricots, halved
  • 8 almonds
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp maizena (cornstarch) dissolved in 1 tbs water
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken stock
  • Couscous:
  • 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr)  couscous
  • 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) chicken stock

Chicken with Apricots


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and fry until tender
  • Move to the side and add chicken, brown on both sides.
  • Add ginger, cinnamon, paprika and stir-fry briefly.
  • Reduce heat to low add chicken stock, parsley, zaatar, apricots, cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Make couscous
  • Add cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened slightly.
  • Stir in honey and heat through.
  • Divide couscous on to two plates.
  • Spoon chicken on couscous, top with almonds and serve.
  • To make couscous:
  • Heat chicken stock to boiling.
  • Pour over couscous, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.

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They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions…..

I put Christmas away today.

Actually, it has taken me almost 3 days, but I finished today.

I love Christmas.

I’ve been buying Christmas decorations since I was a child.

I’ve made decorations, my mother made decorations, my sister, mon mari’s uncle, my cousin…. They all made, and gave me, decorations.

I’ve been given decorations, starting with when I was a child and had a paper route.

I’ve bought them whenever we’ve gone to a Christmas market.

And, back in the beginning of time. when I was first on my own, I bought the usual boxes of balls and bells and garlands.

I decided it was time to do some serious culling.

I decided that the decorations that have not seen the Christmas tree or the mantel or any light of day in years would probably not be missed if they were tossed.

Easier said than done.

First, of course, I had to unpack all the odd bits that haven’t been unpacked recently.

Then I had to look at everything.

Then I had to remember everything.

I managed to get rid of a few things.

Very few….

Let’s just say that everything is now packed away very neatly.

How do you handle throwing away memories?

Or do you keep it all?

5 thoughts on “Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Almonds, packing up Christmas”

  1. I’ve been married thirty-two years and have never culled a single Christmas thing. Then again, we always moved into a bigger house so I had the room. When we move this time, we’re downsizing and I swore I was going to go through all the Christmas stuff when I took the tree down this year, but I was so sick, it took me three days just to pack up what little I’d put up. Maybe when we’re packing to move…

  2. Kate, part of the problem with a big house is too much room to store all the stuff…. I try.

    Pam, I threw anything that was damaged or just truly mundane….

    Jane, that’s a good idea – but I couldn’t part with anything interesting. Next year I’ll try again.

    nightsmusic, or maybe when you decorate in the new place – than you can see what works. I’ve never thrown anything either… even kept broken stuff (which I now have tossed)

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