Braised Moroccan Style Chicken

December 25, 2012
1 Ratings
Photo by kristi senat
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Fragrant with heady spices and exotic flavor, this dish combines the spicy, sweet and salty flavors that are synonymous with northern Africa. Perfect for entertaining, as it can be prepared a day ahead. Serve it family style on a large platter, on pillows of couscous. —Icravephilly

What You'll Need
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 bone-in chicken legs and thighs
  • salt + fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled + chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled + sliced
  • 6 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped (or drained canned italian tomatoes)
  • 1 cup good quality, pitted green olives
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 juice of an orange (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup pitted dried prunes
  • 1/2 cup dried pitted apricots
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium high heat in a deep, heavy skillet. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, cinnamon & cumin on both sides. Saute the chicken, for approximately 3 – 5 minutes per side, until browned. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
  2. Add additional tablespoon of oil to pan, if needed and saute garlic and onion for 2 minutes, until translucent.
  3. Add tomatoes, olives, tomato paste, orange juice, chicken stock, prunes, apricots and bay leaf to pan and cook, stirring for 2 – 3 minutes bringing to a simmer.
  4. Add reserved chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan, spooning sauce over chicken.
  5. Cover and braise on a low simmer for 30 minutes, until chicken is tender and cooked through.
  6. Garnish with parsley and serve. (May be made a day ahead and reheated)

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  • Christina Hamilton
    Christina Hamilton
  • Sandra Casterán-Pesch
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  • Icravephilly

4 Reviews

Christina H. December 12, 2018
This turned out amazing! And it was super easy! The only thing I changed was to braise in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes then broiled with the lid off for 5 minutes to crisp up the skin.
Icravephilly December 13, 2018
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Sandra C. October 26, 2016
this came out very tasty! thank you for sharing your recipe :)
Icravephilly October 26, 2016
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