Moroccan Chicken from Mango & Tomato

Guest Post: Mango & Tomatoes’ Moroccan Chicken

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Today’s guest post comes from Olga at Mango & Tomato.  I had the pleasure of meeting Olga at Eat Write Retreat in May.  I had so much fun getting to know her. I really love her great eye for photography and fabulous recipes.  I’m so happy she was willing to share this recipe!  Please make sure to stop by her website for more fantastic recipes and good eats in Washington DC.  You can also follow her on Twitter @mangotomato 
 
This recipe for Moroccan chicken came about partially because my mom made it in Seattle, and my sister and my dad liked it. There is nothing strange about my sister and mom liking Moroccan chicken. But the fact that my dad liked a dish with spices other than your typical salt/pepper/garlic/parsley, is really saying something!
 
Last weekend I decided to have a few of my friends over for dinner and to make chili and cornbread. One pot dishes are my favorites: little work is required, and yet you have quite a bit of flavor. What does this have to do with Moroccan chicken, you might be wondering. Well, my twin, Anna, told me that she thought making chili for a dinner get together was rather boring and uninspiring. She suggested I make Moroccan chicken. And since Anna is older than me (by 30 minutes!), I listened.
 
I used some of the ingredients from the recipe my mom recited over the phone {she found it in a Costco magazine} and some of the spices from a recipe I’ve made for Robyn, and a few random additions of my own.
 
Moroccan Chicken (this is enough for 6-10 people)
 
Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 6 skinless & boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced (I used 1 red and 1 white)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 green peppers cut into 1″ chunks
  • 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 15 ounce cans of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • parsley, chopped
  • 1/2  cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • cous cous, cooked


 
Directions
1. Heat a bit of oil in a large soup pot. In several batches cook the chicken for a few minutes. There is no need to brown it. You just want to make sure it’s not pink on the outside. Remove the chicken from the pot.

2. Add a bit more oil if necessary. Add onions and garlic to the pot and cook for about 5 minutes.

3. Add spices and cook for 2 more minutes. I had to add a bit of water at this point (you can also add more oil if you want).
4. Add carrots and peppers and cook for 5 more minutes.

5. Add crushed tomatoes and garbanzo beans. Bring everything to a boil. Add the chicken back to the pot. Also drop in the golden raisins. If there isn’t enough liquid to cover the chicken, add a bit of water. I had to add about a cup. No big deal: you can also add more tomatoes if you have them, wine or even chicken broth. It’s not neuroscience: it’s cooking! Don’t be scared and have fun.

6. Bring everything to a simmer, cover the pot and cook for about 30 minutes. Make sure your chicken is cooked all the way through.
 
Note: I toasted the slivered almonds in a little cast iron skillet. You can toast them in the oven on a cookie sheet or even in a microwave. 

 
Serve the Moroccan chicken over cous cous and top with almonds and parsley.

 
This dish turned out to be quite a party pleaser, which made me really happy.

 
Variations:

  • Use thighs instead of chicken breasts.
  • Add dried apricots instead of (or with) golden raisins.
  • Feel free to add other vegetables such as zucchini or thinly sliced potatoes.
  • You can also serve this as a stew without cous cous or serve it over mashed potatoes or rice.
Original post can be found here.  Shared with permission from author.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Katrina

    This is one of the nice things about a blog vs. a simple database of recipes — the personal stories. :) Also, wow! Those photos… I’m hungry, and I’ve just eaten! (Will you forgive me if I skip the cous cous and have rice instead?)

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