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:


  • two kg whole chicken
  • 30 g chopped garlic
  • 800 g chopped onion
  • 20 g dry coriander
  • 20 g fresh chopped parsley
  • 30 g ginger powder
  • 20 g salt
  • 20 g white pepper
  • 40 g smen (substitute: ghee)
  • one g saffron
  • one pc yellow coloring (optional)
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 150 g preserved lemon wedges
  • 100 g green olives
  • 100 g 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 batch 2 then continue cooking for another 10 min.

The chicken tagine makful is ready to be served.

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