[WINE PAIRING] Malbec + Chicken and Prune Tajine

I’m a creature of habit. When I like something, I stick with it! And wine is the perfect example of that! I usually gravitate around the European section and seldom adventure myself into South America. Argentina is known for producing some of the top Malbec wines in the world yet I’ve never bought a Malbec that was not from Europe. I’ve decided to open my mind and give it a chance! To enjoy with it, I made a beautiful dish with moroccan flavours which enhance the natural prune and spicy tasting notes of this wine.



  • 6 chicken thighs, boneless and skin off
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of cumin
  • 1/4 tsp of tumeric
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp of fresh ginger, grated
  • 12 dried prunes
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and cut into big pieces
  • 3/4 cup of uncooked couscous
  • A handful of almonds, chopped
  • A bit of fresh mint for garnish
  • Olive oil for cooking


Take your chicken and mix with all the dry spices. Put your tajine on the stovetop on high heat *If you don’t have a tajine, no worries, just use a regular cooking pot; just make sure it has a lid!* Drizzle some olive oil in the bottom and brown your chicken on all sides and remove the chicken from the tajine/pot. Set aside. Lower the heat and add your onion, garlic and ginger. Let cook for a few minutes then add the browned chicken, the prunes and the carrots. Add 1 cup of water, bring to a boil then lower the heat, cover and let cook for 30 minutes. Turn heat off. Remove lid, make a well in the middle and add couscous. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff up the couscous with a fork, add salt if needed. Sprinkle with almonds and serve in tajine or in a big plate for everyone to share!



Since it’s a medium to full-bodied wine it will embrace the rich and bold flavours of this dish. Exotic spices and fresh mint tend to make the wine taste more complex. It is also great with dark and lean meats; that’s why I chose to use a chicken thigh instead of the breast. Other foods Malbec pairs very well with: lamb, turkey, blue cheese, mushrooms, potato, sage, rosemary…



  1. Georges Vigouroux Pigmentum Malbec Cahors 2015, France (15,15$)
  2. Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2013, Argentina (17,00$)
  3. Riglos Gran Malbec 2014, Argentina (29,75)


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