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Quick Tagine-Style Chicken, Rachael Ray Style

Quick Tagine-Style Chicken, Rachael Ray Style
  • YIELD: 6 servings
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  • PREP TIME: min
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  • COOK TIME: min

I have been making this dish for years. The blend of spices is what gives this dish an aromatic Moroccan flavor-- cinnamon, paprika, cumin, coriander, tumeric. Best of all, this meal can be on the table in about 30 minutes (yep, it's a Rachael Ray recipe). I've tweaked just a few things to make this dish a family favorite. You can easily substitute tofu or lamb and it would really delicious.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
4 cloves garlic, minced
1½ to 1¾ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into large bite-size pieces
teaspoons grill seasoning blend (recommended: Montreal Seasoning by McCormick) or coarse salt and coarse pepper
2 medium or 1 large yellow skinned onion, quartered and sliced
4-6 pitted prunes, coarsely chopped
8-10 dried apricots
1 cup cup golden raisins
2 cups good quality, low sodium chicken stock
Spice blend:
teaspoons ground cumin
teaspoons sweet paprika
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon tumeric
teaspoon cinnamon, a couple pinches
NOTE: This blend is so good, I recommend tripling it to store as extra seasoning.


Directions Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan, in a slow stream, and add the garlic. Season the chicken with seasoning blend. Scatter chicken around the pan in an even layer. Cook chicken pieces 2 minutes on each side to brown, then add the onions, prunes, apricots, raisins. Mix spices in a small dish and scatter over the pot. Add thestock. Cover and reduce to moderate heat. Cook 7 or 8 minutes, remove the lid and stir. Uncover chicken and cook another 2 to 3 minutes to thicken slightly**. **NOTE: I have never gotten the sauce to thicken enough to suit my preference. I make a slurry of about 1/4 cup water and 1 Tbsp of corn starch, whisked to have no lumps. On a moderate heat, I add about 1 Tbsp at a time of the slurry until it thickens to our liking. Adjust the seasoning, to taste, and serve chicken on a bed of couscous or rice cooked in chicken stock. Garnish with chopped cilantro and scallions. OPTIONAL: Serve with chutney.

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