Moroccan Apricot Chicken
Bloste (daytimer1947) says: I found this recipe online. It is fabulous and not that difficult to make. If you don't have a slow cooker, use an oven safe casserole dish or a Dutch oven and a low heat for 4 to 5 hours. Toast the almonds beforehand by putting them in a dry fry pan in a single layer on a low medium heat for up to 5 minutes, stir occasionally.
Ted's note: I have substituted some seasonings and amounts from Daytimer's version on the Forum.
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- 6 bone-in chicken thighs (about 2¼ pounds)
- ¾ cup chili sauce
- ½ cup apricot preserves
- ½ cup dried apricots, quartered
- ¼ teaspoon coriander
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo bean/chickpeas, or bean of your preference, such as pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup orange juice
- Chopped fresh parsley, optional
(Preparation: 15 Minutes. Cooking: 4½ hours)
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add almonds; cook and stir until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
- In the same skillet, brown chicken on both sides. Remove from heat. Transfer chicken to a suitably-sized slow cooker.
- Into skillet drippings stir chili sauce, preserves, apricots, all seasonings, vanilla and garlic powder. Pour over chicken in slow cooker.
- Cook, covered, on low until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°-175°, 4 to 4-1/2 hours.
- Stir in garbanzo beans and orange juice. Cook, covered, on low until heated through, 15-30 minutes longer.
- Serve with almonds. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.
Ted says: If you can buy packaged Moroccan Seasoning (Ras El Hanout), use that instead of the spices listed. If not, the spices I have suggested make a reasonable substitute. I halved this recipe for me and a friend. We enjoyed it with white rice as in the picture.
Contributed by Bloste (daytimer1947)