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I have seen the Try The World subscription boxes and have long been intrigued. I love trying new products from different countries. I live in a very rural part of Montana and I don’t have access to gourmet food stores so getting a box in the mail with these treats was downright fun. The concept of Try the World is simple – every other month you are sent a box containing  6 – 7 full sized products from a different region of the world. I was sent the Marrakesh Box. It was probably more exciting for me than if I had been sent the Paris or Rome box as it provided me with tastes I had read about but not really had a chance to try in my kitchen. The box had jars of preserved lemons, harissa and spice rub, a tin of a spice blend, a package of sardines and a small bottle of argan oil.

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I’ve long been intrigued by preserved lemons so I was very excited to have a chance to try them. It would also give me a chance to try my tagine – I’ve had it for quite a while but never got around to using it so this wonderful box from Try the World was going to get me cooking Moroccan! The tagine needed curing so I turned to the Kefta Rub for a quick meal.

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I used it on a small leg of goat. It was very easy – just rub the spice blend on the outside of the meat and let it roast. It was a wonderfully fragrant blend with paprika and cumin being prominent. The crust was delicious and it added a yummy flavor to the goat.

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I searched for a recipe for the preserved lemons and decided that using chicken was the best way to go. I turned to some of the delicious Zaycon chicken (affiliate link) I had in the freezer. (I’m just about out and am so glad I’ll be getting more in April.) I read several different recipes and used the basics of one from Gourmet and made some changes to suit my pantry.

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Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons

Serves 4 – 6

3 boneless chicken breasts cut into cubes
1 tsp saffron threads
3 TBS olive oil
2 large onions, sliced
3 garlic cloves, roasted if you would like
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp lime juice
2 preserved lemons
3/4 cup water

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Add the onions, chicken and oil to a large bowl.
Mix well.
Add the saffron, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric.
Mix until well distributed in the chicken and onions. Stir in the lime juice

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Add the chicken and onions to the tagine. (Or you can use a large cast iron pan)
Take the pulp out of the preserved lemons and add it to the chicken mixture.

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Slice the lemon rinds and spread atop the chicken mixture.
Add the 3/4 cup water to the tagine
Cook over low heat for two hours until the chicken is done.

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The house smelled like heaven while this was cooking. The spices! This was a flavor profile I’d never used before but I could tell it was going to be good. All of the research I did said that the tagine is served family style and that I should have batbout (a Moroccan pita) to help gather the juices that were made while everything cooked.

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So of course I made some batbout. I’ll have that recipe for you tomorrow as this post is getting a bit long.

Dinner was delicious and let’s just say I was very happy to Try the World! I’ll be looking forward to using the other ingredients in the box.

If you sign up in March or April you’ll get the Marrakesh box and you could have the same exciting food adventure I had. You don’t need a tagine to make this dish – it can be made in a cast iron pan!

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Other Chicken Recipes:

Poached Chicken with Fruit Salsa

Quick and Easy Chicken

Sweet and Spicy Chicken


 

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