Every once in a while, this busy chiquita carves out “me” time with friends. Doesn’t happen often, but every time I do, I guilt trip myself into preparing a phenomenal meal for the familia, to compensate for my absence; last night was no exception.
As I was rushing to get ready and cook at the same time, I decided to Instagram the bubbling dish. The Instagram post found itself on FB and my sister-friend, the fabulous Social Media Fairy Godmother, spotted it and immediately asked if I was going to post the recipe on my blog. I hadn’t thought of it, but since she asked, I promised I would and I snapped some quick photos before dashing out the door.
So here you have it, Moroccan-style chicken stew; exceptionally easy and fast and a delight to all the senses.
In a deep cast iron pot, brown 8 pieces of boneless chicken thighs in a bit of butter; season with salt and pepper.
Remove the chicken from the pot and throw in 1 diced onion and 1 clove of minced garlic.
Once the onion and garlic are translucent add the following spices:
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of cumin
- 1 tsp of ginger (powder)
- 1 tsp of cayenne pepper (if you like it piquante)
Make sure not to burn the spices (add a tsp of butter if necessary) and stir for a few minutes.
Add the chicken back to the pot, cover with 1 liter of pureed tomatoes and ¼ cup of honey. Stir well, cover and simmer on medium-high heat for approximately 10 minutes.
Add a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas and a handful of raisins (I had sultana raisins), cover and continue to simmer on medium-high heat for another 15-20 minutes making sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Serve on a bed of garlic infused rice.
PS: I would love to hear from you! Let me know if there is any particular recipe I can try out.