Last weekend Larry decided to try out the tagine he gave me for Christmas. I had planned to cook a recipe of chicken and vegetables served over couscous that I had made previously in a regular soup pot, but he took over the experiment.
He decided immediately there was no way three chicken breasts with bones were going to fit into the tagine. On my last attempt, I had cut the chicken in half and managed to fit in three of the halves. He decided to bake the chicken instead. He opted to cook only the vegetables in the tagine. He didn’t heed my advice to put the tagine on a cookie sheet in the oven. If you remember, on my test run, the liquid ran out all over the oven. And guess what? It did it again. Another big mess.
When the vegetables were done, Larry shredded the chicken and stirred it into the mixture. The stew was very good but more effort than necessary, especially with the mess!
Tagine or not tagine? I vote no. The same recipe could be made with much less trouble in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. If you decide to buy one, make sure it’s really big. Mine is about 12 inches and it won’t even hold enough for a two serving recipe.