How to make chicken tagine makful from One&Only Royal Mirage

Chef Naima from Tagine shares how to make this classic Middle-Eastern dish

Chicken tagine makful
Chicken tagine makful

As restaurants across the UAE press the pause button on dine-in operations, Dubai’s One&Only Royal Mirage has released the recipe for one its venue’s most popular dishes.

Spearheaded by chef Naima in Moroccan restaurant Tagine, chicken tagine makful is a popular Middle-East inspired dish, taking around two hours to prepare.

The recipe is as follows:


  • 2kg whole chicken
  • 30g chopped garlic
  • 800g chopped onion
  • 20g dry coriander
  • 20g fresh chopped parsley
  • 30g ginger powder
  • 20g salt
  • 20g white pepper
  • 40g smen (substitute: ghee)
  • g saffron
  • Yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 150g preserved lemon wedges
  • 100g green olives
  • 100g fresh tomato, sliced

Marinate the chicken for one hour with olive oil, onion, coriander, parsley, saffron, smen, salt, pepper and ginger powder.

Start cooking the marinated chicken in a tagine (or glass/ceramic oven dish) for 45 minutes at 180°C (with the yellow colouring) and the chicken stock.

Rectify seasoning and add the second batch then continue cooking for another 10 min.

The chicken tagine makful is ready to be served.

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