I have eaten out at Moroccan restaurants a few times here in Adelaide, and have come away feeling underwhelmed – I had this picture in my head that Moroccan food was packed full of flavour.
So here we have my interpretation of a Moroccan classic – chicken and preserved lemon, with green olives to keep one of my dear friends Mia happy. This dish is flavoursome and aromatic, but not too overpowering: our kids loved it! I hope you enjoy it.
Love Nik xx
skinnymixer's Moroccan Chicken
- 3 garlic cloves peeled
- 1 large brown onion peeled, halved
- 30 g olive oil
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
- pinch of saffron strands
- 1 tsp preserved lemon juice/liquid
- 300 g liquid chicken stock or 300 g water + 1 tbsp chicken stock concentrate
- 40 g preserved lemon peel thinly sliced (from supermarket where the jar olives etc are)
- 4 medjool dates pitted, roughly chopped
- 700 g chicken thigh cubed small
- green olives halved
- handful of flatleaf parsley roughly chopped
- handful of smoked almonds roughly chopped
- Add garlic and onion to mixer bowl, chop for 3 sec/speed 5/MC on. Scrape bowl down.
- Add olive oil and cook for 5 min/steaming temperature/speed 1/MC off.
- Add dried spices and preserved lemon juice, cook for 2 min/steaming temperature/speed 1/MC off.
- Add chicken stock, preserved lemon peel and dates, cook for 10 min/100°C or 212°F/speed 1/MC off.
- Add chicken thigh, cook for 10 min/100°C or 212°F/slowest speed/reverse/MC on, or until cooked.
- Remove to thermal server, stir through olives and parsley and allow to stand for a few minutes to thicken. Serve with smoked almonds sprinkled on top.