When I think of Moroccan food, I usually get my neanderthal cavewoman on—”Me. Love. MOROCCAN FOOD”. There may be a bit of chest pounding involved. When I think Slow Cooker, I get my Homer Simpson on and think, “Hey, I can just sit on my arse for the next 5 hours while something else cooks for me.”
Moroccan food is the BOMB—earthy, hearty and full of all the sh*t I love to eat. This recipe looks like there are lots of ingredients but it’s actually really simple to make.
For the Moroccan Chicken casserole (serves 4):
- 1.5 kg skinless chicken thighs (For the love of a crockpot, don’t use chicken breasts—they don’t mix well with slow cookers).
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tin crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tbsp sweet wine (muscat, port etc.)
- 1 cup roughly chopped spinach
- 1 tin chickpeas (optional)
- 2 tbsp flaked toasted almonds (optional)
- Brown chicken with a tablespoon of oil. Place chicken in slow cooker.
- Using the same pan, cook the onion until soft. Add garlic, cinnamon, ginger, cumin, cardamom and turmeric. Cook for 1–2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add the tin of diced tomatoes. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the stock and bring to a boil.
- Poor tomato spice mixture over chicken and cook for 3 hours on high.
- Add the honey, orange juice, lemon juice, wine and spinach (and chickpeas if you are using them) and return to heat for another 30 minutes.
- Serve with toasted flaked almonds and couscous (recipe below).
For the Couscous + Herb Pesto
- 1 cup dry Couscous
- 1 tbsp fresh mint
- 1 tbsp fresh coriander
- 1 tbsp pine nuts
- 1/2 clove garlic
- Few grinds of salt (to taste)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Make up couscous according to packet.
- In a mortar and pestle (or small food processor) grind mint, coriander, pine nuts and garlic until you have a chunky paste.
- Add oil and mix. Salt to taste.
- Add pesto mix to the couscous and mix thoroughly.
Try it and tell me what you think!