Tunisian Breakfast Tajine

We usually think of a tajine coming from Morocco, where the ingredients are braised on the stove. In this recipe from Tunisia, the spices bring the familiar tagine flavor profile, but the oven-baked concept with eggs and cheese, is very different but delicious and quick!

Serving size

⅛ of recipe

Makes

8 servings

Prep time: 20min
Cook time: 55min
Total: 1hr 15min

Ingredients

Cooking spray

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

½ teaspoon saffron

¼ teaspoon caraway seeds

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 small (110 grams) onion, chopped

8.8 ounces (249 grams) chicken breasts, diced

2 cups (200 grams) cauliflower, chopped

2 small (130 grams) golden beets

1 cup water

1 cup parsley leaves, chopped

8 large eggs

5 ounce feta cheese, crumbled

Special Equipment:

9 x 13-inch baking pan

Nutrition Info

Makes: 8 servings  Serving size: ⅛ of recipe

Calories

249

Fat

16 g

Saturated Fat

5 g

Trans Fat

<1 g

Cholesterol

229 mg

Carbohydrate

7 g

Sugar

3 g

Fiber

2 g

Protein

20 g

Sodium

314 mg

Calcium

145 mg

Phosphorus

243 mg

Potassium

362 mg

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the spices together (grinding any whole spices if necessary).  Set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium skillet or pot over medium heat. Reduce heat and add onions and cook until softened, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Combine chicken with 1/2 of the spice mix.
  5. Add spiced chicken to the onions. Increase heat slightly and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the cauliflower and golden beets to the pan. Sauté for 3-5 minutes on medium heat or until cauliflower and beets are tender. Add one cup of water to the pan and simmer the vegetables until they are soft.
  7. Add parsley to the vegetable and chicken mixture. Cool.
  8. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the cheese, crumbled.
  9. Add the chicken and vegetable mixture. Add the remaining spice mixture.
  10. Stir everything until well-combined. Turn into the prepared baking dish.
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until set in the center.
  12. Cool slightly and serve warm or at room temperature.
  13. Serve with some harissa, if you like.
Recipe Contributed by FamilyCook Productions

Mix a bigger batch of the spice blend and keep in a sealed jar for any type of tagine you choose to make.