Slow-Cooker Moroccan Spiced Chicken

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  • Time icon
    Total Time
    4hrs 20mins
  • Serves icon
    Serves
    6
  • Calories icon
    Calories
    359
based on 3 ratings

Similar to a tagine, but made in a slow cooker! This recipe takes just a few minutes more prep than most slow cooked recipes, and it's worth it the extra steps. A savoury, complex chicken dish with it's own sauce, this dish brings together toasty North African spices, a gentle sweetness from dried apricots and prunes, with an extra zing from the preserved lemon. You can adapt this recipe to work with a tagine, or even on the stovetop, but the extra time spent in a slow cooker really lets the flavors blend. Get it started early, leave it on low and forget about it for 3-4 hours, and come home to an aromatic, dinner-party worthy meal that's ready to go. Serve with cous cous, bulghur, or any favourite grain, and top with a sprinkle of parsley and toasted almonds or pine nuts. You can buy whole preserved lemons in many middle eastern shops, and they're not easily replaced in this recipe- they have mellower, salty-bitter acidity thats different to fresh lemons. If it's hard to find them, here's a substitute: Slice a lemon and saute in a little bit of olive oil until the rind softens. Sprinkle with a pinch each of salt and sugar, let cool, then dice (include the rinds.)

recipe updated Jun 20, 2018

Ingredients

  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    15ml
  • Chicken thigh icon
    Chicken thigh
    x 6
  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
    2g
  • Ground coriander icon
    Ground coriander
    2g
  • Ground cinnamon icon
    Ground cinnamon
    1g
  • Ground ginger icon
    Ground ginger
    1g
  • Allspice icon
    Allspice
    1g
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    1g
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    3g
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    18g
  • Onion icon
    Onion
    140g
  • Dried apricots icon
    Dried apricots
    42g
  • Preserved lemon icon
    Preserved lemon
    20g
  • Prunes icon
    Prunes
    89g
  • Chicken stock icon
    Chicken stock
    360ml
  • Saffron threads icon
    Saffron threads
    0g

Tools

  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Slow cooker
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Frying pan
  • kCook icon Small bowl

Step preview

  1. Get a clean frying pan
  2. Add olive oil
  3. Heat
  4. Add chicken thighs
  5. Sear each side until lightly browned
  6. Transfer carefully to slow cooker
  7. Get a clean small bowl
  8. Add ground cumin
  9. Add ground coriander
  10. Add ground cinnamon
  11. Add ground ginger
  12. Add ground allspice
  13. Add freshly ground black pepper
  14. Add kosher salt then set aside
  15. Retrieve frying pan
  16. Add minced garlic clove
  17. Add sliced onion
  18. Fry until softened
  19. Transfer spices to frying pan
  20. Sauté for approx 1min until fragrant
  21. Transfer to slow cooker
  22. Get a clean medium bowl
  23. Add coarsely chopped dried apricots
  24. Add chopped preserved lemon
  25. Add halved prunes
  26. Add chicken stock
  27. Add saffron threads
  28. Transfer to slow cooker
  29. Cook for 4h until tender
  30. Serve
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