Ras El Hanout Chicken

A friend asked me for some Ras El Hanout and I have made her a jar. There was a little bit left over and so I created this recipe for Ras El Hanout Chicken to use up the extra.

If you read my daily diary you will see that each day I made a gratitude. It started many years ago and one of the things that reinforced this practice was an email I received from a friend. This week I got the email for a second time and I thought I would share it with you:


for the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight, because she is home with me, and not out with someone else.

I am thankful for the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato, because he is home with me and not out at the bars.

Let’s be thankful for the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes because it means she is at home, not on the streets.

I am thankful for the taxes I pay because it means I am employed.

Let’s be thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means we have been surrounded by friends.

I am thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.

We should all be thankful for our shadow that watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.

I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.

We should all be thankful for all the complaining we hear about the government because it means we have freedom of speech.

I am thankful for the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking and I have been blessed with transportation.

Let’s be thankful for our huge heating bill because it means we are warm.

Someone is thankful for the lady behind them in Church who sings off key because it means they can hear.

I am thankful for the pile of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.

We should all be thankful for weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means we have been capable of working hard.

I am thankful for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means I am alive.


Ras El Hanout Chicken
Ras El Hanout Chicken
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Ras El Hanout Chicken

Recipe Category: Chicken
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 15 mls olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 4 chicken pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 15 mls ras el hanout
  • 1 aubergine, thickly sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, thickly sliced
  • 1 tin cherry tomatoes
  • 125 mls white wine
  • 5 mls arrow root
  • Small handful of fresh fenugreek sprouts


  • in a tagine or heavy bottomed casserole dish with a lid, heat the oil
  • season and brown the chicken pieces
  • remove and set aside
  • sauté the onion until soft
  • add the ras el hanout and when you can smell the spices add the aubergine, yellow pepper and tinned tomatoes
  • add the white wine and return the chicken to the dish
  • cover and cook on a low heat for 40 minutes
  • make a paste using a tablespoon of the cooking liquid and the arrow root
  • mix back into the sauce and when thickened you can serve
  • garnish with the fenugreek sprouts

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to see how to sprout, please see here

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24 thoughts on “Ras El Hanout Chicken

  1. That looks like an excellent Moroccan dish. I like how there’s flexibility in making that spice mixture so you can make it your own.

  2. Definitely had to click on your link to find out what Ras El Hanout is–and it sounds right up my alley! I love piles and piles of spice! I ran out of cumin this weekend, and it felt like a crisis. I am thankful for running out of certain grocery items, because it reminds me just how much I DO have!

  3. Lovely thoughts – it´s good to take a step back and be thankful, sometimes I confess to forgetting. Lovely recipe too, I adore ras el hanout – am off to the UK next month so will get my mum to give me a supply of hers!

  4. This looks and sounds wonderful. A very spicy tagine and the sprouts make a pretty garnish. I’ve bought Ras el hanout ready mixed but prefer to use freshly ground spices because they taste so much better.

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