Moroccan Chicken


by Susie Fishbein, Kosher by Design Cooking Coach

This recipe is a perfect example of how your spice cabinet can be your ticket around the culinary world. Enjoy this tender, exotic, delicious dish with a side of couscous.


12 dried apricots
10 dried pitted dates
1 red onion, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup pitted, sliced Spanish olives, without pimento
1 tablespoon olive oil    
1/2  teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 whole (3-4 pound) chicken, legs tied
3/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Toss  the apricots, dates, onion, olives, and oil into a 9 x 13-inche pan or casserole dish, mounding tin the center of the pan.

In a small bowl mix the coriander, turmeric, salt, cumin, ginger, pepper, and cinnamon. Rub all over the chicken.

Place the chicken in the pan, breast-side-up, on the fruit mound. Tuck as much of the fruit under the chicken as possible. Pour the white wine and broth around the chicken in the pan. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Baste with pan juices and bake for an additional 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through.


Yield: 4-6 servings

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Playbook: Tonight's Moroccan Chicken can be tomorrow's Moroccan Couscous!
Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add 3 chopped shallots and sauté for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives. Toss in any of the leftover chicken, chopped into pieces, as well as any of the vegetables from the chicken. Add 3 cups chicken stock and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Raise the heat to high and bring the stock to a boil. Remove from heat and add 1 1/2 cups couscous. Cover the pan and let sit for 10 minutes. fluff with a fork. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon each fresh chopped mint and fresh chopped cilantro. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/4 cup orange juice, and pinch of cayenne. Mix well.

Recipes: Poultry, Chicken, Kosher

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