Sunday, June 1, 2008

Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatos

I pulled this recipe from Everyday Food last fall and boy I am glad I hung onto it! It was SO. GOOD. The flavors were just perfect. The cinammon and ginger came through without being overpowering (as I sometimes find fresh ginger can be) thanks to simmering in the stew whole. This was a great great meal, I would highly recommend! Easy, quick, and yummy for something healthy and different!

Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Serves 4
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 piece fresh ginger (2 inches long), peeled
1 cinnamon stick
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound total), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
Pinch of saffron (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup couscous
Cilantro sprigs, for garnish (optional)
Place flour in a wide, shallow bowl. Season chicken with salt and pepper; dredge in flour, shaking off excess. In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken, and cook until browned, 4 to 6 minutes per side; transfer to a plate.
Add onion, ginger, and cinnamon to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion starts to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Return chicken to pot. Add broth, sweet potatoes, and, if using, saffron. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until chicken is cooked through and sweet potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Discard ginger and cinnamon. Stir in lemon juice, and season stew with salt and pepper.
While stew is simmering, prepare couscous according to package instructions. Serve chicken stew with couscous, garnished with cilantro, if desired.

I did use saffron (had some in the pantry already) and the cilantro.

1 comment:

Caitlin Callahan said...

I made this last night and it was soooo delicious!! Thanks for the recipe :o)