Friday, February 27, 2009

Moroccan Chicken

Our final dish utilizing chicken drumsticks is inspired by the flavors of Morocco. It's relatively inexpensive and easy to prepare, though the chicken requires time to marinate. The folks who took this class split the cost of turmeric, cardamom, apricots and coconut; these items were purchased from bulk bins at a local market and they bought just what they needed for the exercise. They also used a chicken stock base instead of canned broth and shared a knob of ginger. This was their favorite dish. It cost about six dollars to make.

Moroccan Chicken

8 large chicken drumsticks
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Flour for dusting
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 sliced onion
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
8 dried apricots, quartered
1/2 cup shredded coconut


1) Remove and discard chicken skin. Combine garlic, ginger, turmeric,cumin, cardamom and lemon zest in a small bowl. Rub into drumsticks. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
2) Dust chicken with flour. Heat oil in a large heavy saute pan over medium heat. Add drumsticks and cook until brown. Drain chicken on paper toweling. Transfer to an ovenproof casserole dish. Set aside.
3) Add onions to saute pan; cook until softened. Spoon over chicken. Add chicken broth to casserole. Top with apricots and coconut. Cover casserole and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Yield: 4 servings.


Food For Tots said...

I luv the spices used in this dish. Definitely yummy!

Anonymous said...

I love the flavors, and the easy preparation. Marinating ahead is no problem for me. The flavors develop through marinating.

Anonymous said...

That looks delicious. My husband won't get within 10 yards of an onion, though. It makes my life rough. (I love onions).

I might make this for myself.

Looking forward to your return!


Veronica said...

Looks delicious, Mary! I've never been a really big fan of drumsticks...maybe I'll try it with chicken pieces.

Anonymous said...

I make a similar dish and it's always so full of flavor too! This looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Moroccan food is so flavorful & easy to cook. This has lovely things going in there. I have been recently cooking a lot of Moroccan & loving it!

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks really good! Yum!

Melissa and Zack said...

this looks like my kind of dish - yummm!

Susan said...

Thank you for this recipe! I was looking for a Moroccan chicken recipe, and this was just perfect! I am making it right now for a family dinner. I'm looking forward to tasting it! Will forward to reading other recipes on here.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Lily, I do hope you enjoy the chicken. My family loves it. Mary

Erika K @ Best Food Processor Info said...

I have had some cardamom from a dish I made a year ago, but I'm not sure I did it right and I haven't used it since. This looks so simple, I'm excited to try these flavors together again! I know I'll be bookmarking this and experimenting again.

I found another one of your great chicken dishes my second time visiting your site. Thanks so much for the reminder and inspiration!

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