Friday, October 14, 2011

Chicken Tajine with Apples

Running out of new ideas for a Friday dinner, I found a recipe for Moroccan chicken on a Foodland Ontario website. The point of the recipe was mostly to pitch the benefits of Ontario-farmed chicken, apples and onions to unsuspecting consumers.

But really, what does this guy know about Moroccan food? (Running a province, yes, Moroccan food: not so much.)

So I ran with the recipe as a base and fixed it from there - eliminating the cornstarch, adding saffron and swapping out the boneless, skinless chicken for recognizable pieces. My friend Simon called it "de-Martha-Stewartifying - making the dish much more my style, and specifically less... umm... this guy.

Chicken Tajine with Apples

2 apples, cored, peeled, thinly sliced and tossed in 2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
dash salt
1 to 1 1/2 kilos chicken legs and/or thighs
1/4 cup oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp ginger, minced
2 cups chicken broth
pinch saffron, infused in 1-2 tbsp hot water
2 tbsp cup raisins
1/4 cup blanched almonds
4 dates, pitted and chopped
7 dried apricots, chopped
  1. Core, peel and slice apples into thin wedges, toss in lemon juice and set aside.
  2. Combine cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper and sprinkle onto chicken.
  3. Heat oil on medium in a large pot, brown chicken on both sides. Set chicken aside.
  4. Saute onions in the same pot for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and saute for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Place chicken back in the pan and add broth and saffron. Bring to a boil and let simmer on medium for 25-30 minutes, uncovered.
  6. Add apples (with lemon juice), dried fruit and nuts, reduce to medium-low and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
Serve with cous cous or rice (for gluten-free)

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  1. This came out GREAT - super dooper YUM!

  2. What a great dish for a fall dinner! This looks amazing.

  3. We are big fans of Morroccan food. I love all the spices and dried fruit in this recipe.

  4. This is a very timely recipe since I am heading to the apple orchard today!!

  5. I like the de-Martha-Stewertifying process :), well done! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  6. This is a great recipe. I love chicken tajine, it's so flavorful!


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