4.25.2013

Recipe: Easy Moroccan Chicken [Cooking Light FAST MEALS Cravebox]

 
Cravebox & McCormick are having a contest focused on the spices from the Cooking Light FAST MEALS Cravebox. They email Cravers a recipe (one for each of the spices from the box) and we either make the recipe, adapt it, or make something of our own featuring it.
 
As it happens one of my favorite recipes is one called Chicken Sultana. It's pretty much this same recipe but with chicken breasts and curry and no honey. My family isn't fond of it and I usually make it when company comes to stay for more than a week since it makes a nice change from the everyday.
 
What can I say? I grew up in the culturally diverse Pacific Northwest where many of my childhood friends and/or their parents were from other parts of the world. I've been to a Hindi wedding reception (wow!) and grew up with much of my family not eating red meat. I've tried ostrich and eel. When it comes to food, I'm pretty adventurous and love to try new, exotic or unusual things. But if you have picky children or a spouse who was raised on white bread and their greatest culinary adventure was chicken alfredo... you know my plight.
 
This dish only takes about 30-40 minutes total prep and cook time but looks so fancy it's perfect for entertaining. I had a Malbec with mine but was thinking my new favorite Reisling from Pacific Rim might be nice too. I'm no wine snob and this dish is spiced but not spicy making either a lovely accompaniment. I was also thinking a coconut ice cream with almond wafers would be a perfect dessert.
 

Easy Moroccan Chicken


Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
6 small bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed (about 2 pounds)
2 medium onions, sliced into thin wedges
4 teaspoons McCormick® Gourmet Collection Moroccan Seasoning
1 teaspoon McCormick® Gourmet Collection Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup raisins

 

Directions

1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 8 minutes or until browned, turning once. Remove from skillet.

2. Stir onions into skillet; cook and stir on medium heat 5 minutes or until golden brown. Add Seasoning, garlic powder and salt. Stir in tomatoes and honey. Return chicken to skillet. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in raisins; cover and simmer 10 minutes longer or until chicken is cooked through.

3. Serve with cooked couscous, if desired. Garnish with toasted slivered almonds and chopped fresh cilantro, if desired.
 
 
 
Tips and my adaptations:
 
I chose to use 3 large chicken breasts cut in half when I made this. I wanted smaller portions because of my kids and I admit I'm not fond of chicken so I didn't want a giant piece to eat either. Sliced in half longway makes them cook much faster too so it can cut down on cooking time.
 
• I also swapped the garlic powder for another product, and you can easily use fresh garlic though I would recommend less if using fresh. Just add the fresh garlic at the same time as the onions.
 
• I enjoy couscous but my husband HATES it, and my kids don't like it either. I had some quinoa in the cupboard I've been avoiding because the one time I've had it it was horrid. Seriously... one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted. But I want more variety in our diet so I thought the spiced flavors of this dish would hide the gross. I had bookmarked a post from the Kitchn to help me ages ago and it turned out to be genius. Well rinsed, toasted with garlic infused olive oil, and cooked with chicken stock the Quinoa turned out amazing! Fluffy, mild, and my daughter actually said 'yum' when I made her try it. I highly recommend giving this a try, it was the perfect swap for couscous.
 
Want to make this dish but with a kick of heat? Swap the Moroccan Seasoning for McCormick Gourmet Curry Powder (the yellow, not the red).



 

P.S. -- If you'd love to get a Cooking Light FAST MEALS Cravebox featuring this seasoning blend... there are instant boxes currently available for only $16 (& you get a 2 Cravebucks rebate for buying in the next 2 days!) right now. New to Cravebox? When you sign up tell them rhiviews referred you and I can earn Cravebucks too. :)
 

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