Moroccan Tagine-Style Chicken Thighs

Few things smell better than Moroccan food as it cooks. Throw this kaleidoscope of ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, then return home later to amazing aromas and fabulous flavors.

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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
20 mins
Marinate:
8 hrs
Slow Cook:
8 hrs (low) or 4 hours (high)
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Moroccan Tagine-Style Chicken Thighs

Ingredients
1/2
cup olive oil
8
cloves garlic, minced
4
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2
teaspoons caraway seeds, crushed
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cardamom
1/8
teaspoon cayenne pepper
12
chicken thighs, skinned (4 to 5 pounds total)
1
14 1/2 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1
cup dried apricots, quartered
1
cup pitted dates, quartered
3
tablespoons ground almonds
1
teaspoon ground turmeric
3/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4
teaspoon saffron threads
1/3
cup snipped fresh cilantro
2
tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
 
Hot cooked couscous (optional)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl whisk together oil, garlic, cinnamon, caraway seeds, cumin, cardamom, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Add oil mixture. Press air from bag; seal. Cover and chill for 8 to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
  3. Place chicken in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. In a medium bowl combine broth, apricots, dates, ground almonds, turmeric, salt, pepper, and saffron; pour over chicken.
  4. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 hours. Use a slotted spoon to remove chicken mixture from slow cooker (some meat may fall off the bone); place chicken in a shallow serving dish. Sprinkle chicken with cilantro and sliced almonds. Skim fat from cooking liquid. Serve chicken with cooking liquid and, if desired, couscous.

Nutrition Facts

(Moroccan Tagine-Style Chicken Thighs)
    Per serving:
  • 510 kcal cal.,
  • 26 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 4 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 16 g monounsatured fat),
  • 115 mg chol.,
  • 580 mg sodium,
  • 41 g carb.,
  • 6 g fiber,
  • 31 g sugar,
  • 31 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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