One popular Moroccan dish that incorporates chicken, couscous, and dried fruits is “Chicken Tagine with Couscous and Dried Fruits.” Here’s a simplified version of the recipe:
Chicken Tagine with Couscous and Dried Fruits:
Note: Traditionally, this dish is cooked in a tagine, a North African clay cooking pot. However, you can adapt the recipe to use a regular pot or skillet.
For the Chicken Tagine:
- 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (such as thighs or drumsticks)
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins or sultanas
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish
For the Couscous:
- 1 cup couscous
- 1 cup chicken broth or water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Prepare the Chicken Tagine:
- In a large pot or tagine, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent.
- Add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute until fragrant.
- Add the chicken pieces to the pot and brown them on all sides.
- Sprinkle the ground cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, salt, and pepper over the chicken. Stir to coat the chicken with the spices.
- Pour in the chicken broth. Cover the pot and let the chicken simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.
- Stir in the chopped dried apricots, raisins/sultanas, and slivered almonds. Simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes.
- Prepare the Couscous:
- In a separate pot, bring the chicken broth or water to a boil. Stir in the olive oil and salt.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add the couscous. Cover the pot and let the couscous steam for about 5 minutes.
- Fluff the couscous with a fork to separate the grains.
- To serve, place a portion of couscous on a plate and top it with the chicken tagine mixture.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley.
- Enjoy your delicious Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Couscous and Dried Fruits!
Remember, Moroccan cuisine often involves a balance of sweet and savory flavors, so the dried fruits add a unique and delightful touch to this dish. Feel free to adjust the quantities and ingredients to suit your preferences.