Chicken and Watermelon Rind Tagine Recipe
Chicken and Watermelon Rind Tagine
Flavors of Morocco
Total time: more than 2 hours

 Cooking time: 1 1/2 hours

Difficulty: Easy
For 4 servings

- 2 or 3 onions
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 tsp. ginger
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. saffron
- 300 ml / 1 1/5 cup water
- 100 ml / 2/5 cup vegetable oil

Watermelon rinds
- rind of one medium watermelon
- butter
- 4 Tbsp. sugar
- a dash of cinnamon

- sesame seeds, toasted

 Watermelon rind

  1. Remove the white part from the watermelon rind and cut it into small dice.
  2. Steam for 20 minutes.
  3. Caramelize in a mixture of butter, sugar, cinnamon and orange flower water.


  1. Cut the chicken into pieces. Sauté in a little oil in a wok.
  2. Once the chicken is nicely browned, lower the heat and add the sliced onions. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. Transfer the chicken and onions to a tajine (or a large pot with a lid). Add just enough water to cover.
  4. Add the cinnamon, ginger, pepper and saffron. Cover and simmer over very low heat for about 90 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check the chicken for doneness - the meat should come away from the bones. 


  1. Serve the chicken with the caramelized watermelon rind.
  2. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately. 
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