This is my version of a recipe I originally saw in Sunset Magazine. I made the Sunset-as-was recipe first and found it somewhat boring. I now add a more intense spice flavor, with cumin, cinnamon and turmeric; spices that also are supposed to help with blood pressure, plus we like the taste.
This dish is a two- step process, as you brown the chicken first, but still quite easy and very satisfying. I serve it over brown rice to sop up the juices. (Rick only eats 1/2 cup, but enjoys every grain!)
By the way, we like leftovers, so we make more than what the two of us eat in one meal; if you do too, this recipe serves 3-4. Of course, you can make amounts as you like.
As usual, we also have a green salad with a vinaigrette. My parents were European so I still carry on the habit of eating my salad after the main course, which is even more delicious as I think I enjoy the tastiness more as a “finish” to my meal.
Note: This dish could be made with leftover turkey from your holiday meal. Even simpler; just cook the vegetables, add chunks or slices of turkey, spices, lemon, and heat for 5-10 minutes. Just thought of it as I’m making a turkey for our families’ get together Christmas Eve, and may make this for Christmas Day.
Enjoy! And happy holidays!
Moroccan Chicken and Vegetables
- 6-8 chicken thighs (I skin and defat them before cooking); also don’t rinse them as it’s been found to spread any bacteria that may be on them. Cooking kills the bacteria.
- 3-4 peppers, sliced or julienned (I don’t like green, so I use red, orange and yellow- plus they look pretty)
- 3-4 carrots, sliced in 1/2 ” rounds
- 2 med or 1 large onion, chopped
- 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
- flour for dusting chicken
- 1/2-1 tsp cumin
- 1/2-1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- salt free seasoning, pepper; or use salt if you can
- 1-2 Tbsp juice plus grated rind (yellow only as the white is bitter)
- 3/4–1 cup white wine
- ground red pepper or cayenne to taste and dust on top before serving (or use paprika)
1. Shake chicken thighs in a bag with flour and salt/salt free seasoning and pepper
2. Heat olive oil in large skillet; add chicken thighs in single layer. Brown on one side for 5 minutes; turn and brown second side 5 minutes.
3. In Dutch oven, sauté peppers, onions and carrots in 1-2 Tbsp olive oil. Add 1/2 of the wine. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Add chicken on top of vegetables.
5. Add rest of wine to skillet. Scrape chicken drippings in skillet and add mix to Dutch oven.
6. Add spices and lemon juice/rind.
7. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes; (check meat for doneness– meat should not be red or pink).
Serve over brown, wild rice or other whole grain of your choice, and a crisp green salad with a tart, lemony vinaigrette.