Slow Cooker Chicken and Chick Pea Tagine


This Slow Cooker Chicken and Chick Pea Tagine is packed with those earthy and sweetly spiced Moroccan flavors and it will leave you craving more. It’s amazingly filling and packed with protein. I recommend serving it over basmati rice or couscous to complete the dish.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Chick Pea Tagine

How to Make Chicken Tagine

Generaly chicken tagine is cooked low and slow in a tagine (a clay, ceramic, or cast iron cone shape vessel) over the stovetop or in an oven. Here I opted for a slow cooker because I imagine it cooks similarly and how many of us own a tagine? A pot on the stovetop would work as well but I love the simplicity of the slow cooker.

So to start you simply saute an onion and carrot in a skillet until tender. Then you add in garlic and plenty of those Moroccan spices and saute those just shortly.


Following that you’ll pour in some tomatoes and chicken broth, then pour that whole mixture into the slow cooker along with chicken and chick peas. Then cover and let the slow cooker work it’s magic. And last you finish the dish with fresh lemon and herbs.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Chick Pea Tagine

I know that list of ingredients can seem long, daunting and just unnecessary. Much of it is just spices you likely already have then the rest I’ve picked out the optional ingredients so you can trim the list down if you’d like.

If you wanted you could even skip the step of dicing up the chicken (cook about an hour longer than listed) and just shred it at the end and toss it back into the mixture. Well trimmed boneless skinless chicken thighs could also be used here as well.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Chick Pea Tagine

If you like Moroccan food then this is a must-have recipe. It’s just one of those classics.

Chicken dinners can be boring but this one is anything but. It’s a fun recipe to get a taste of the globe no matter where you live. What I’m saying is it’s definitely no burger and fries but isn’t it fun to try new flavors and recipes??

Slow Cooker Chicken and Chick Pea Tagine

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Chick Pea Tagine

5 from 2 votes

A deliciously flavorful chicken and chick pea tagine that's cooked in a slow cooker versus the traditional tagine. It's a healthy dinner that's packed with protein. If you like Moroccan food it's a must-try recipe! 

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 328 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced (1/3 cup, optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup diced dried apricots or whole raisins (optional)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in onion and carrot and saute 6 minutes.

  2. Add in garlic, coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper and saute 30 seconds longer.

  3. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes and apricots and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Pour mixture into a slow cooker, add in chicken and chick peas and toss mixture.

  5. Cover and cook on low heat 3 1/2 - 4 hours until chicken is cooked through.

  6. Stir in lemon juice, cilantro and parsley. Serve warm over rice or couscous.

  7. Recipe source: inspired by NYT and Genius Kitchen

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chicken and Chick Pea Tagine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 521mg 22%
Potassium 968mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 7g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 56.7%
Vitamin C 21.2%
Calcium 8.6%
Iron 17.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  • Amy: If I leave out re apricots do you think it will alter the taste. Not a huge fan of them. June 24, 2018 at 8:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No but I’d try adding in a few golden raisins instead if you like those. July 9, 2018 at 8:22pm Reply

  • Anna: This looks yummy! Would I be able to cook this in the instant pot instead of a slowpoke cooker? May 2, 2018 at 6:30pm Reply

    • Amy: I am wondering this as well. Did you try it? May 23, 2018 at 12:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes it should work great in an instant pot as well you just might need a little more broth so it will come up to pressure. May 23, 2018 at 1:02pm Reply

  • yasmin: Hi,
    Can this be made without using a slow cooker ? Looks delicious.
    Yasmin April 26, 2018 at 2:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes it could be simmered over low heat on a stove top as well. Just not sure exactly on the cooking time since I haven’t tested yet. May 23, 2018 at 1:03pm Reply

  • Jocelyn: This is so delicious and easy. I highly recommend it! April 2, 2018 at 7:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback! So glad you liked it! April 4, 2018 at 10:01am Reply

  • suja md: This dish is so adorable. And feeling like what I make regularly in my kitchen except the dry fruits and chickpeas. Reserving this for this weekend to turn my regular dish to exotic one. March 27, 2018 at 10:06am Reply

  • Bridget Olson: What size slow cooker did you use when you prepared this dish? March 22, 2018 at 1:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Mine is a 6 quart. I’m guessing anything from 4 – 7 should work fine. March 22, 2018 at 5:23pm Reply

  • CIndy Skinner: If you used chicken thighs, how do you think the cooking time would be affected if at all? March 21, 2018 at 9:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think the thighs will probably be about 4 hours. Hope you enjoy! March 21, 2018 at 9:53pm Reply

  • Mel: I saw this recipe this morning in my email and am actually putting it together now so that I can just turn it on tomorrow!

    When do you add the apricots? Is it with the chicken and chickpeas or with the cilantro and parsley?

    Thanks! And love all your recipes that I’ve tried so far! March 21, 2018 at 6:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I missed that in editing! You add them along with the tomatoes. I hope you love this recipe too Mel :)! March 21, 2018 at 9:55pm Reply

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