Just a comment for now, until I try this again. I used chicken breast for this recipe- and it just does not work, in our opinion. The sauce is good, but the chicken breast made the dish lackluster. DH said before we give up on it, we will try with thighs- I just know that will add lots to the flavor. Also, used chopped dried apricots in place of the currants and upped the seasonings a bit. Stay tuned....
Fantastic! I will make this again and again.
This was a nice, tasty recipe. I tried it because my mother raved about it so much! I used all the ingredients as listed (I even used currants, not craisins, as my mother had). The only difference is that I cooked mine in the crockpot instead of on the stove. While I did enjoy this and found it really easy to make, I couldn't help but think that the title "Million Dollar Chicken" and the story behind this chicken (that it won $1 million), built it up in my mind. I think I was expecting to faint upon tasting my first bite...but, of course, I didn't, and instead just thought it was a nice, normal new recipe to add to my repertoire.
Oh my goodness, this is absolutely delicious!!! I used craisins, also. I did add more than the recipe called for, used slivered almonds, pace chunky salsa (medium), used boneless skinlees chicken thigh filets, a little heavy on the cumin and honey and my oh my this was so good! I couldn't stop eating it! I do recommend cooking it a 5 extra minutes with the lid off to thicken the sauce up a bit. I served it with a box of the Near East Olive oil & Garlic 5 minute couscous, PERFECT! Oh, I did sprinkle onion powder when I was sauteeing the chicken and garlic. I have a very, very picky handicapped 4 year old and she loved this! Thanks for the great posting! 11/25/07 addendum.. decided to make this again and I really liked it the first time but I wanted to thicken up the sauce some more, so I TRIPLED The honey (didn't really make it too sweet) and used a handful of craisins and what a difference!! SOOO GOOD!
Very good recipe. It's definitely different...I've never had anything quite like it. It's better to use chicken pieces with the bone in, I think. I tried it with both breasts (bone out) and bone in thighs/legs and it was better. I subbed cranberries for currants. I served it with the spiced couscous which was very nice.
01-07-06 Excellent recipe! Definitely different, but very tasty. Don't forget the almonds! They add a fabulous dimension to the flavors in this dish. I doubled the almonds and sauce and I'm very glad I did. I used bone-in chicken thighs which doubled the cooking time (my fault, I know) and I used Mirj's sub and added crainsins instead of currents, but those are the only changes I made. We had it served over basmati rice. Before tasting and smelling the final product, I couldn't possibly imagine what the end result was going to be. I had such a different idea in my head b/c of the salsa and cinnamon combo. It didn't taste like either one in the end, but tasted a bit like a curry. Next time, if I use bone-in thighs, I'm going to leave out the water since the chicken sweats so much during cooking and I like thick, plentiful sauce. Oh, and I sauteed the almonds in butter instead of olive oil, but will try the olive oil next time. Thanks for the keeper! 09-10-07 Update: I didn't have any cumin on hand so I used rogan josh curry. It worked out very well and added just a bit more kick as well.
The preparation for this dish is very easy. The thighs were quite moist and tender. The overall seasoning, while subtle, was very tasty. For a no-fuss, quick, week-night family meal--definitely.
You know, I understand that everybody likes it and all...but I just thought it was ok. It's not as spicy as Moroccan food should be. I think it needs WAY more spices: coriander, curry powder,etc. I thought the raisins were a nice touch though.
I halved this recipe, used a medium salsa, chicken breast, and raisins in place of dried currants... and it was incredible! I couldn't believe how quickly I was eating this. I had to slow myself down. I know little of Moroccan food, but this is great!
I made this dish tonight for myself and my husband, and served it over couscous. The only change I made to the recipe was the addition of approx. 1/2 cup of garbanzo beans which I added last right after pouring the sauce ingredients in. The only sound heard around the dinner table for about 15 minutes was the scraping of forks against plates, followed by the occasional "Mmmm!" My neighbor's 14-year-old son happened to be over, and liked it as much as we did.