Chicken Tagine with Prunes and Cheap Wine

There are a few places you can get the wine for this tagine recipe:  1) Search your liquor cabinet for a couple of bottles of half-drunk red wine, 2) peruse the bargain bin at your local liquor store, or 3) ask a cheap friend to bring some red wine to dinner (use their wine for this recipe and switch out a good bottle for the dinner).  However you get the wine, the cheaper the better!  This is a great Mediterranean diet dinner when you are feeling lazy and don’t want to spend much time prepping. If you buy baby carrots and pre-sliced mushrooms you won’t even need a cutting board!  Once everything is in the pot, you can spend the rest of the time eating appetizers and drinking the good bottle of wine!

Adapted from a recipe by Tracy Karbus

Photo by Christine Dutton

Here are some other Tagine Recipes to try:

Instant Pot – Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Green Olives, Peppers and Lemon

Chicken Tagine with Peppers and Olives (Dutch Oven)

Chicken, Oranges, and Mixed Olives Tagine

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Raisins (Slow Cooker)


Chicken Tagine with Prunes and Cheap Wine

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Servings 4
Calories 636 kcal


  • 8 chicken drumsticks with skin
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound carrots (baby or regular carrots sliced into thin strips)
  • 1/2 pound pitted prunes
  • 1 bottle cheap Cabernet wine
  • 1 tsp plus dash oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper, to taste
  • 10 ounce package mushrooms, sliced


  • Season drumsticks with salt and pepper and oregano.
  • In a large thick bottomed pan heat oil on medium and then sear chicken until browned.
  • Add carrots, prunes, and the bottle of cheap wine.
  • Bring to a boil. Add oregano, salt, and pepper. Simmer covered 1 hour or until carrots are tender.
  • Add sliced mushrooms and simmer covered another half hour or until mushrooms are cooked.