Chicken Tagine

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup grape seed oil
1 large onion
5 cloves garlic
8 apricots
1/4 cup raisins
8 green olives
1/2 lemon
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chile pepper flakes
1/2 tsp turmeric (poor-man’s saffron)
salt and pepper
2 1/2 c. chicken or vegetable stock
1 1/2 lbs chicken (Can be a combo of legs, wings and breast meat.)

 

DIRECTIONS

Set the oven to 350. Start melting the oil in the pot on the stove top. Slice the onion and chop the garlic. Add it to the oil and let it brown. Add the fruit (I sliced in the apricots in half). Cut the lemon in half (use only half) and then slice the remaining half and add the slices. Add the olives, honey, ginger, spices and salt &pepper.  Add the chicken broth. Let it simmer for about 5 mins, then add the chicken. (If you’re using breast meat, you might want to cut the pieces a bit smaller.) Place the lid on the Dutch Oven, stick it in the oven, and let it cook for about 40 minutes. Remove the lid (to allow the chicken to brown and the sauce to thicken) and cook for an additional 15 mins. After this, if the sauce is still a bit thinner than you’d like, then remove the chicken, place the pot with the chicken-free sauce on the stove top, turn to medium heat and let some of the moisture bubble off (ie. “reduce” it).

Serve with rice or quinoa, and a green such as swiss chard. You could also sprinkle some toasted pine nuts on top or even some unsweetened coconut.