Moroccan Chicken, Chickpea and Apricot TaginePosted: November 12, 2011
Do you remember the 1980’s cartoon, the Care Bears? I loved the Care Bears. I mean I LOVED them. When I was five I had all things Care Bears, like books and pyjama’s (but oddly enough, I never did own an actual Care Bear doll. But that old wound is another story for another day.) Do you remember the Care Bear stare? At the end of every episode, the Care Bears would band together, hold hands, and save the day by focussing all their belly goodness on destroying the bad guys with love and sunshine and rainbows.
That is what I wanted to eat the other night. Something sweet, colourful and flavourful. If the Care Bear stare was going to be in a dish, it would taste like this Moroccan Chicken, Chickpea and Apricot Tagine. Seriously. This dish screamed with flavour from the cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, and chili powder but the tomato, chickpea’s and apricots made it hearty and comforting.
The original recipe, which you can get here, instructed it to be cooked in a slow cooker. But I didn’t get home from the grocery store in time, so I improvised by cooking it on the stovetop instead. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts because I like the more meatier flavour of the thigh. I browned them first in a little olive oil and then set them aside while preparing the other ingredients.
I followed the rest of the instructions pretty much as written. I actually got out the measuring spoons and not just for the baby to play with, but to actually measure out the ingredients (must have been the influence of cooking in my mother’s kitchen). I let it simmer on the stove for the time it takes to feed, bathe and change the baby, as well as play with my super cute nephew. It was about 1.5 hours in total.
We served the dish with rice and garnished it with cilantro.