Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
From most recent book. Haven't tried. While the ingredient list for this recipe may seem long, it largely features common pantry spices. When combined, these spices make up a version of ras-al-hanut, an intriguing blend that is widely used on Moroccan style meats and fished. If you prefer, look for prepared ras al-hanut or another Moroccan blend in the spice section of your supermarket. Mixed with a little extra virgin olive oil, these spices make a wet rub that blackens while cooking, giving the chicken a nice, exotic taste.
- 24 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast halves, 4- 2 oz. pieces
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon allspice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 lemon
- 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 3⁄4 lb summer squash, thinly sliced crosswise
- 1⁄3 cup pitted green olives
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Pound chicken breast between two sheets of wax paper to 1/4 inches thick.
- In small bowl, combine the cumin, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, allspice, salt, and cayenne. Finely grate zest of lemon into spice mixture, Squeeze 1 T juice from lemon and add to mixture. Add 3 t of the oil to spice mixture and stir to combine.
- Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, in batches if necessary. Cook, turning, until blackened on the outside and cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Loosely cover with foil to keep warm.
- Add remaining 1 t oil to the skillet and return to medium heat. Add reserve onion slices and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and scraping up any brown bits, 3 minutes.
- Add squash, oilved, and water. Season lightly with additional salt and pepper to taste. Stir well.
- Cover, and cook until squash is tender, 4-5 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Squeeze a little more lemon juice over chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Love it, and especially love that it's a one-pan recipe. (Though I did have to clean the baking tray I used for pounding the chicken.) The squash is so tasty with the leftover spices! This goes well with the red bean mash from the same book (South Beach Supercharged).
Yummy Middle Eastern comfort food! Tasted decadent but so good for you. I will definitely make this again. The instructions leave out a step - I spread the spice mix on the chicken breasts before cooking. The moisture from the onions and squash loosen up all the browned chicken and spice from the bottom of the pan and makes a yummy sauce - just the right amount of spice. The only change I made was to use 2 T. chicken broth I had on hand instead of the water. Delicious!