Spices and herbs are important to meal planning as they add wonderful flavors into our foods and have great nutritional benefits as well. Turmeric, which is considered a super food as it has both nutritional and health benefits, is a part of the aromatic spice rub for this recipe. The addition of dried apricots and raisins add a touch of sweetness to the tender chicken, resulting in comfort food without the calories.
A wonderful aroma will fill your kitchen as you prepare this healthy, succulent and economical dish. Made in the Doveware Stew Pot, it goes together quickly from the stove top to the dining table.
3-4 lbs whole chicken with bone and skin, cut up into 8 pieces
2 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup celery, diced
6 cloves garlic, diced
3 tbsp yogurt
4 cups chicken broth
6 oz pearl onions, skins removed
1/2 cup raisins
1 1/2 cup dries apricots, quartered
1 cup green olives
1 lemon, sliced
Couscous, rice or quinoa for plating
Cilantro for garnish
Trim the chicken pieces of excess fat, pat dry.
Combine the spices in a medium sized bowl and sprinkle onto both sides of each piece of chicken. With fingers, gently rub in the spice mixture.
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in the Doveware stew pot and with skin side down, brown the chicken pieces, turning over once. Transfer chicken to a plate.
Add more olive oil to the pot if needed and sauté the onion, carrots and celery until tender.
Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients and then the browned chicken.
Bring to a low boil and then immediately turn down the heat, cover with lid and simmer for an hour.
Remove lid for the last fifteen minutes.
Serve over couscous, rice or quinoa. Garnish with chopped cilantro and additional yogurt.
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