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Monday, February 17

Marrakech chicken stew with preserved lemon & olives

Cumin seeds
1 tablespoon
Anise seeds
1 teaspoon
Strange blackish-purple seeds I found in the cupboard (maybe poppy)
2 teaspoons
½ cup
Pepper, freshly ground
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
Chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
3 pounds
Olive oil, extra virgin
2 tablespoons
Onions, chopped
Garlic, minced
2 cloves
Wine, white
½ cup
Chicken broth
1 ½ cups
Lemon, zested, juiced
Lemon, preserved, finely chopped
Parsley, chopped
¼ cup
Olives, Kalamata, coarsely chopped
½ cup
  1. In a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, toast the cumin and anise seeds for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat, add the "strange blackish-purple seeds," and continue stirring for 30 seconds more.
  3. Pour into a mortar, and process into a coarse meal.
  4. Place in a large bowl, and mix with the flour, pepper, and salt.
  5. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Dredge the thighs through, in batches, and brown 3 minutes per a side; transfer chicken to slow cooker; reserve flour mixture.
  7. Reduce heat to medium, add the onions, and cook until tender, about 2 minutes.
  8. Add the garlic and flour mixture, and cook for 3 minutes, or until the flour lightly browns.
  9. Add the wine and broth, and stir constantly until the sauce thickens slightly.
  10. Remove from heat, stir in the lemon zest, and pour over the chicken.
  11. Sprinkle preserved lemon over the top, cover, and cook on HIGH for 2 to 3 hours (LOW for 4 to 6).
  12. Transfer the chicken to a platter, and keep warm.
  13. Stir the lemon juice, parsley, and olives into the sauce, and then spoon it over the chicken.
Recipe adapted from Art of the Slow Cooker by Andrew Schloss

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