Slow Cooker Moroccan Spiced Chicken

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    4hrs 20mins
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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 25, 2019


  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
  • Chicken thigh icon
    Chicken thigh
  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
  • Ground coriander icon
    Ground coriander
  • Ground cinnamon icon
    Ground cinnamon
  • Ground ginger icon
    Ground ginger
  • Allspice icon
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Onion icon
  • Dried apricots icon
    Dried apricots
  • Preserved lemon icon
    Preserved lemon
  • Prunes icon
  • Chicken stock icon
    Chicken stock
  • Saffron threads icon
    Saffron threads


  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Slow cooker
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Frying pan
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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 in 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. Get frying pan
  16. Add minced garlic clove
  17. Add sliced onion
  18. Fry until softened
  19. Transfer spices to frying pan
  20. Sauté until fragrant - approx 1 min
  21. Transfer in 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 in slow cooker
  29. Cook until tender - 4 hr
  30. Serve
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