A tagine is a North African dish that's named after the earthy cookware it's cooked in and it's made up of two parts. The bottom is a large serving platter with curved edges to hold the meat and/or vegetables that are placed inside. Over this goes the lid, or the top. It's shaped like a cone and is wide enough to cover the platter on the bottom, but narrows towards the top to let steam escape, and help regulate the temperature inside. Often when food is cooked inside of a tagine, the top simply comes off and the dish is presented as is on the platter.
The tagine is really just North Africa's version of the slow cooker, so you can still get all the great flavors of this authentic dish, even if you don't own an actual tagine. In this recipe, chicken thighs are marinated in spices before being slow cooked with dried fruits, nuts, and a sumptuous broth that will fill the house with a most delicious scent as it cooks.
Pro tip: Chicken tagine is a hearty dish that can be eaten all on its own as a complete meal. If you want to make it even more filling, serve with a side of couscous or steamed rice.