There are many different brands of slow cooker but the original Crock-pot is still has a certain cachet, if slow cookers have cachet! I was delighted to be invited by Crock-pot to try out the Crock-pot Countdown Slow Cooker join them making some recipes for Crocktober over on their Facebook page.
My sister-in-law gave me a jar of preserved lemons that she had made and every time I open the larder I see them there, so it seemed like the ideal opportunity to make a Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons in the Crock-pot.
Crock-pot Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons
- 300 g hot chicken stock
- pinch of saffron
- 6 chicken thighs
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 1 tsp ras el hanout
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 large preserved lemon two quarters
- 400 g can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 100 g green olives
- 50 g chopped flat leaf parsley
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- Soak the saffron in the hot stock to bring out the colour.
- Heat the oil and brown the chicken thighs and place in the bottom of the Crock-pot
- Cook the onion until it starts to become transparent.
- Add the garlic, ras el hanout, ginger coriander and cinnamon stick and cook for a minute.
- Add the stock and bring to the boil, add to the Crock-pot and cook on Low for 5 hours.
- Add the chickpeas, the olives and the preserved lemons, roughly chopped.
- Cook on Low for a further 1-2 hours.
- Check the seasoning and adjust to taste.
The Tagine was much lighter than the usual lamb recipe that I make, I missed the sweetness of dried fruit in the dish, which was why I added sultanas to the couscous. I would probably add some dates or apricots if I was making it again. I would recommend that you don’t add any salt to the dish while cooking as I found that the preserved lemons (preserved in salt or brine) and the olives added enough salt without any additions.
So how did the Crock-pot perform?
- I really liked the solidity of the Crock-pot, it feels substantial and looks attractive
- The ‘stay warm’ feature is really valuable as you know that if you are a little later getting home, your meal will be kept warm without being over cooked.
- My other slow cooker has a metal ‘pot’ which can go on the hob, I did miss that but not as much as I thought I would.
- The electronic timer means that you can be accurate with your timings.
- Best of all for me, the Crock-pot bowl and lid can go in the dishwasher – woo hoo!
If you would like to try to win a Countdown Slow Cooker Crockpot and Crockpot Warmer (I’ll tell you about the Crockpot Warmer in another post) my friend Karen is running a giveaway over at her blog Lavender and Lovage – Crockpot Slow Cooker and Crockpot Warmer Giveaway ending 9th December 2014.
I’m adding this to my own Slow Cooked Challenge, anyone is welcome to join in with a slowly cooked recipe whether in a slow cooker or by other slow cooking methods.
Thanks to the people at Crock-pot for providing me with this Countdown Slow Cooker Crock-pot, I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own.