sarah’s moroccan chicken

 

  • 1-2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (yes dark meat is better for this dish)
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp corriander
  • 1 tsp allspice or cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp cilantro
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 TBS minced garlic
  • 1 large can of stewed dice tomatoes with juice
  • 1 small zuchinni sliced
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 sweet bell pepper any color (roughly chopped)
  • 1 eggplant sliced
  • 1 can of pitted green olives whole
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice or juice of 1-2 lemons

 

mix flour with all spices and coat chicken pieces.  let sit for at least a half hour in spice mixture.

in a large skillet or sauce pan with lid, heat olive oil and brown chicken on both sides. 

add minced garlic, bell peppers and red onion and saute until onions are tender.  (may need to add more olive oil)

add chicken broth and can of tomatoes and bring to a boil.

add all vegetables & olives and turn down heat. simmer for one hour until chicken is tender. stir occasionally, and add more water if needed. the flour in the chicken coating is going to thicken everything, which is what you want it to do, but you may need to add a little more liquid.

add lemon juice at the end and garnish.

 

i served this over couscous (which who knew how tasty and easy that is to make.)  there are plenty of boxed varieties to choose from at the stores.  it is more of a pasta than a rice, but small like rice.

this recipe is taken from a bunch of different recipes i found online. it turned out really well and very pretty. you can use lemon slices as a nice garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley.

variations :  adding capers and/or chickpeas and/or raisins or currants.  there was quite a variety when i searched.  i chose items that my family would eat.  i thought nick would turn it away if he saw raisins in his chicken! either way, the combo of the sour lemon along with the woodsy & sweeter spices really was a nice taste along with the vegetables.

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