Favorite French Recipes

 I heard about this recipe from a friend and it isn’t technically a French recipe but rather one from immigrants to France. It’s called a tagine and it should be cooked in one of those neat dishes that I didn’t buy when I was in Marroco. I’ve seen all sorts of recipes using any sort of meat and vegetables and people add nuts and fruit as well. Mine is more simple and I’ve done what is probably an American thing and added wine. As I always say, anything tastes good if you cook it in wine.

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 It doesn’t look that good in the photo, but it is.

Chicken Tagine

Any amount of chicken that you want

Any amount of potatoes cut in chunks. I microwave them for about 5 minutes before adding them to the dish to make sure they are finished cooking the same time as the chicken.

Dice garlic and chop onions into large chunks.

Oil the cooking pan that you use to save clean up time. Put olive oil on both sides of the chicken pieces and mix into the potatoes and onions. Salt and pepper everything and sprinkle everything with herbs de Provence or any other type of dry spice that you like. Sprinkle the garlic pieces over the whole dish. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the chicken (you can also marinate the chicken in lemon juice for a while if you like)and then pour white wine into the dish. I use about 1/2 cup usually-it depends on how much chicken I have. You can also put green olives into the dish but add them about 15 minutes before you take the dish out of the oven so they don’t over cook. I usually cut up the half of the lemon that I squeezed the juice from into wedges and add it to the dish as I like how it looks. I think you could use preserved lemons too which I never have. Cover well with foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Remove the foil and then grill until everything turns nice and brown which usually takes 10 to 15 minutes. Squeeze the juice of the other half of the lemon over the chicken and serve putting the juice on the chicken.

8 thoughts to “Favorite French Recipes”

  1. Oh yeah, baby !!!! Guess what I’m making this weekend!! Oh this is going to be so good out on the patio with some chilled white wine, or maybe cold beers in a bucket of ice. I’ll probably have to add some fresh green beans and zucchini to mine since I’ve got a bumper crop right now.

    Thanks !!!!

  2. It looks delicious, and I can almost smell it! A nice simple dish to make, I’ll have to give it a try. I’m with you, adding wine makes things taste even better…

    I love the title of your blog! Haven’t read enough of it to figure out, but just reminds me of my 2001 trip to Paris; being “frenchless” (or lacking the ability to speak French, which is what that means to me) was definitely a drawback at times!

  3. That looks delish…I love just about anything with potatoes and fish.

    It seems they don’t eat much fish in this area. :0( I usually spot chicken and meat…but rarely ever fish. What gives?

    :0l

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