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PHPRecipeBook 4.08

Recipe Name: Moroccan Chicken (Cook's) Submitted by: Ryan
Source: Source Description:
Ethnicity: None Last Modified: 1/25/2020
Base: Poultry Comments:
Course: Entree For the depth and flavor of an authentic tagine in about one hour, we developed a Moroccan chicken recipe that followed our standard braised chicken procedure: browning the skin-on pieces to give the braising liquid deep flavor; removing the chicken from the pot; sautéing onion, strips of lemon zest, garlic, and a spice blend (paprika, cumin, cayenne, ginger, coriander, and cinnamon) in a little oil; adding chicken broth and honey; and finally returning the chicken to the pot. 
Difficulty: Intermediate
Preparation Time: 30-60 Minutes
Number of Servings: 4

1 1/4 Teaspoon(s) paprika
1/2 Teaspoon(s) cumin
1/4 Teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
1/2 Teaspoon(s) Ginger, ground
1/4 Teaspoon(s) coriander
1/4 Teaspoon(s) cinnamon
3 2 X 3/4 inch strips lemon zest
3 Tablespoon(s) fresh, from 1 or 2 lemons lemon juice
6 Clove(s) pressed (2 T) garlic
1 (4 lbs) trimmed cut in 8 pieces chicken, roasting
1 Tablespoon(s) oil, olive
1 halved, sliced into 1/4 onion, yellow
1 3/4 Cup(s) chicken broth
1 Tablespoon(s) honey
1 lg., cut into 1/2 carrot
1 Cup(s) halved apricots, dried
1 Can(s) drained chickpeas
2 Tablespoon(s) chopped cilantro
NOTE: bone-in chicken parts can be substituted for the whole chicken. For best results, use four chicken thighs and two chicken breasts, each breast split in half; the dark meat contributes valuable flavor to the broth and should not be omitted. Use a vegetable peeler to remove wide strips of zest from the lemon before juicing it. Make sure to trim any white pith from the zest, as it can impart bitter flavor. Serve with couscous.

1. Combine spices in small bowl and set aside. Mince 1 strip lemon zest; combine with 1 teaspoon minced garlic and mince together until reduced to fine paste; set aside.

2. Season both sides of chicken pieces liberally with salt and pepper. Heat oil in large heavy--bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat until beginning to smoke. Brown chicken pieces skin side down in single layer until deep golden, about 5 minutes; using tongs, turn chicken pieces and brown on second side, about 4 minutes more. Transfer chicken to large plate; when cool enough to handle, peel off skin and discard. Pour off and discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot.

3. Add onion and 2 remaining lemon zest strips to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions have browned at edges but still retain shape, 5 to 7 minutes (add 1 tablespoon water if pan gets too dark). Add remaining 4 teaspoons garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spices and cook, stirring constantly, until darkened and very fragrant, 45 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in broth and honey, scraping bottom of pot with wooden spoon to loosen browned bits. Add thighs and drumsticks, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Add carrots, apricots, and breast pieces (with any accumulated juices) to pot, arranging breast pieces in single layer on top of carrots. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 160 degrees, 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Transfer chicken to plate or bowl and tent with foil. Add chickpeas to pot; increase heat to medium-high and simmer until liquid has thickened slightly and carrots are tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Return chicken to pot and add garlic-zest mixture, cilantro, and lemon juice; stir to combine and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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