North African Quick Tagine-Style Chicken
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- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
- 4 garlic cloves, smashed beneath the flat of your knife with the heel of your hand, discard skins
- 1 1⁄2 - 1 3⁄4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into large bite-size pieces
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons Montreal chicken seasoning (recommended ( Montreal Seasoning by McCormick) or 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and pepper (coarse salt and coarse pepper)
- 1 large yellow onion, quartered and sliced
- 10 pitted prunes, coarsely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup golden raisin
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth, available in paper containers on soup aisle
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons sweet paprika, eyeball it
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground coriander, eyeball it
- 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric, eyeball it
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon, a couple pinches
- 1 1⁄2 cups chicken stock
- 1 1⁄2 cups couscous
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, eyeball it
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- chopped cilantro leaves or flat leaf parsley
- finely chopped scallion
- mango chutney, any variety and brand (available on the condiment or International food aisles)
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, in a slow stream, and add smashed garlic. Season the chicken with seasoning blend. Scatter chicken around the pan in an even layer. Cook chicken pieces 2 minutes on each side to brown, then add the onions, prunes, raisins and stock. Mix spices in a small dish and scatter over the pot. Cover and reduce to moderate heat. Cook 7 or 8 minutes, remove the lid and stir.
- To prepare the couscous, bring chicken stock to a boil. Add couscous, extra-virgin olive oil and scallions and remove the couscous from the stove immediately. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork.
- Uncover chicken and cook another 2 to 3 minutes to thicken slightly. Adjust the seasoning, to taste, and serve chicken on a bed of couscous. Garnish with chopped cilantro and scallions. Serve with chutney.
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This dish is sooo delicious! It is flavorful and the combination of the spices along with the golden raisins and prunes really makes this dish. The only change I made was to use skinless, bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks vs. cubed chicken breasts. The meat was really moist and tender. Will definitely make this dish again! Made for the African Recipe Tag, November, 2013.
I left this recipe "as is"--and it was delicious! My husband and I were trying to clean out our pantry a bit, and we had no idea we could make such a unique dish with what we thought was a crazy hodge-podge of stuff! This isn't just a "spring cleaning" dish--it's going into regular rotation as an original, easy to cook, delicious favorite. Thank you SO much for posting it.
Excellent flavors. After the main cooking process I still had a *lot* of liquid in the pan. I just added 1/4 cup of whole wheat couscous (I made 2 servings) to the cooking pan with everything else, stirred and let it sit off the heat for 5 mins. It's not as pretty as Pat's but it worked for me :D. Very simple to make and it's a most pleasing dinner.
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