Instant Pot Chicken Tagine

Instant Pot Chicken Tagine

Last Updated on September 26, 2020 by Tina

A tagine is both a delicious Moroccan dish, and a cooking vessel! This Instant Pot Tagine is bursting with flavor in every bite. Go on a North African adventure at your table tonight!


Chicken Tagine on a bed of coconut rice on white oval platter

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What is a tagine?

A tagine is a dinner table staple in Morocco, and it is a braised stew filled with available meat, vegetables, and spices. It is commonly served over couscous or rice. It was originally a Berber dish, and is an ancient dish that is thought to date back to the 12th century.

A tagine is also a conical earthenware cooking vessel that has been written about in such early texts as One Thousand and One Nights a collection of Arabic short stories. It consists of two parts a round base or bowl, and the conical top piece. However, as you travel through Africa different regions may have varied designs.

Gather your ingredients

There are a lot of ingredients to this recipe, and I suggest checking the list to be sure you have everything prior to cooking.

  • 6 – 8 Chicken thighs, bone-in with skin
  • Carrots
  • Garlic, minced
  • Onion
  • Dried Apricots
  • Olives, your favorite
  • Tomato paste
  • Chicken broth
  • Fresh Roma tomatoes
  • Fresh parsley
  • Sweet paprika, ground ginger, turmeric
  • Cumin, pepper, cinnamon
  • Allspice, and cayenne pepper
Chicken tagine ingredients laid out on black tabletop

Preparing the chicken stew

Trim the chicken thighs then salt and pepper them. Preheat the Instant Pot to saute, and add some olive oil to the pot once it has heated up. Saute the chicken skin side down first for a few minutes to brown. Salt and pepper the underside as you wait if you have not done this already.

chicken skin side down in Instant Pot frying on saute

Then flip over to do the same to the opposite side. Set aside on a plate while you cook all the pieces.

sauteeing chicken thigh pieces skin side up in pressure cooker

Once you are done add the onions and cook until softened. Add in the carrots next, and cook for a few more minutes. Add the garlic, tomato paste, and add all of the spices except the parsley. Stir constantly for two minutes then turn off the saute.

overhead view of cooked vegetables in the pressure cooker with spices

Add the chicken broth, and the parsley then stir. Layer in the browned chicken pieces along with the olives and dried apricots.

layered chicken thighs with olives and apricots in instant pot

Dice your Roma tomatoes, and then add as the top layer.

overhead view of chicken tagine ready to cook in the pressure cooker with all the ingredients layered

Cooking and finishing the stew

Seal the lid on the Instant Pot, and cook on high pressure (normal) for 15 minutes followed by a 10 minute natural pressure release. Serve immediately over some of this awesome Instant Pot Coconut Rice, or couscous.

instant pot chicken tagine on black counter sitting on a bed of rice on white oval platter

If you enjoyed this you may like Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta, or Perfect Dutch Oven Stuffed Green Peppers!

Instant Pot Chicken Tagine

A delicious Moroccan chicken stew full of flavorful spices, apricots, and olives. A hearty and filling meal the whole family will love!
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken recipe, chicken stew, instant pot chicken tagine, morrocan chicken stew, pressure cooker chicken tagine
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 333kcal
Author: Tina


  • 6-8 chicken thighs bone in, skin on
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 4 carrots peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup Spanish olives whole, pitted
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

Spice Mixture

  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Trim the chicken then salt and pepper. Turn on the Instant Pot to saute, brown the chicken on both sides starting with skin side first. Set the pieces aside to a plate.
  • Add the onions to the pot, and cook for a few minutes until softened. Add the carrots, and saute for a few more minutes.
  • Add in the tomato paste, minced garlic, and spice mixture. Stir everything together, and cook for one additional minute. Add in the chicken broth to deglaze the inner pot.
  • Layer the chicken, apricots, and olives in the pot. Add the tomatoes to the very top, and do not stir. Seal the lid and cook on high pressure (normal) for 15 minutes followed by a 10 natural pressure release.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to one week.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 701mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 8092IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Chicken Tagine”

  • 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight and we all enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure if I would like the mixture of seasonings but it was delicious. I may have cooked the carrots too long in the beginning because they were very soft but it did not spoil the dish. So glad I tried this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

    • You’re so welcome! I’m glad you found a new spice mixture you enjoy. You can omit the cooking the carrots for a few minutes before hand especially if they are on the thin side.

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