This Moroccan Chicken Stew is one of my favorite one-pot dinners. It's easy to prep and delicious enough for a special occasion. A gentle oven braise yields fall-apart tender chicken thighs and vegetables, infused with wonderful aromatic spices. It's gluten-free, dairy-free and Paleo.
I shared this recipe for Moroccan chicken stew with sweet potatoes long before I had a food blog, before we all used the internet and before email was a common means of communication. It's one of my longtime favorite recipes.
The chicken is super tender and it soaks up all the delicious flavors of cinnamon, cumin, garlic and ginger. The sweet potatoes and kale are healthy and delicious. The apricots melt into the sauce with their tangy sweetness. It's a perfect hearty, healthy one pot meal.
HOW TO MAKE MOROCCAN CHICKEN STEW
The whole recipe happens in one pot, which always makes me happy. While the oven is pre-heating brown the chicken in the your heavy pot or Dutch oven. Set them aside and sauté your aromatic vegetables: onions, garlic and ginger. Then toast the spices for 30 second: cinnamon, cumin, coriander, paprika, red pepper, and salt. Return the chicken to the pot and add sliced sweet potatoes, dried apricots, chicken broth and lemon juice. Cover the pot and set it in the oven for a 45 minute braise. Remove the pot from the oven and immediately add the slivered kale, which will wilt from the heat of the stew.
This recipe comes from my mother-in-law Barbara, who first cooked it for the family more than 20 years ago. She had a little faded newspaper clipping of the recipe with her own scribbled notes on it. Her friend Joanie had given it to her many years before. I copied it by hand onto a piece of lined paper, took it home, and typed it out on my computer, onto my "favorite recipes" file.
I shared it over the phone or by handing out xeroxed copies to friends and neighbors. Sharing and liking was different back then, before Facebook and links and blogs and Epicurious, but recipes still managed to get around. Some even went viral. I'm pretty sure this one did. I don't have any official counts, but I hear from friends and relatives, from time to time, that they are still cooking it and sharing it and enjoying it.
Gazing into this bowl of Moroccan chicken stew brings me back in time. I remember standing on Barbara's front porch with my husband Eddie and the kids, waiting for her to come to the door, her delight in seeing us and the kids, the warmth of her house, and the wonderful aromas emanating from her kitchen. She was an amazing cook. Lots of my favorite recipes and inspiration came from Barbara.
More Delicious Moroccan Recipes
• Moroccan Lentil Soup
• Ras El Hanout Spice Mix
• Ras El Hanout Grilled Chicken Thighs
• Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Chickpeas
• Spicy Moroccan Sweet Potato Stacks
• Moroccan Carrot Soup with Lemon Honey Yogurt
• Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad
Here's the recipe for Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes, Apricots and Kale. If you try this recipe, please come back to leave a comment and a rating. I'd love to know how you like it!Print