Traveling Tuesdays: Moroccan Chicken with Eggplants, Almonds & Tomatoes

Moroccan Chicken with Eggplant, Almonds & Tomatoes

 

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 3 cups onions , sliced
  • 6 large garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed , ground
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups canned diced tomatoes , drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (or more)
  • 8 chicken thighs (skinned, but bone-in)
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (skinned)
  • 1 large eggplant , unpeeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh marjoram , chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almond
  • fresh cilantro , chopped for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy large wide pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cover and cook until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. Add paprika, salt, turmeric, coriander, fennel, pepper, cumin, and ginger; stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes, water and 3 tablespoons lemon juice; bring to a boil. Arrange all chicken in a single layer in pot; spoon some sauce over. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Turn chicken over, cover and simmer until chicken is tender, about 20 minutes longer.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush large rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Place eggplant and remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil in large bowl; toss to coat. Spread eggplant out on prepared baking sheet and bake until soft and brown, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. (Chicken and eggplant can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate separately until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated.).
  3. Stir eggplant and marjoram into chicken. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes to heat through and blend flavors. Season stew to taste with more lemon juice, if desired, and salt and pepper. Transfer chicken to large shallow bowl. Sprinkle with almonds and cilantro.

 

One of my favorite Recipes ( Can be made with Lamb instead)

 
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