North African cuisine, especially from Morocco cuisine, has taken the world by storm. It has a distinctive flavour, a blend of Middle Eastern ingredients with unique cooking styles. At Wickedfood Cooking School, our Moroccan Cooking Classes are always popular. In our cookbook of the week, A Farm In My Heart there is a great recipe for Moroccan Chicken. Saffron is an essential ingredient in this dish.
1.5 kg chicken pieces
2 large, finely chopped onions
2 finely chopped garlic cloves,
½t ground saffron
½t ground ginger
¼t crushed dried chillies
1 cup water or chicken stock
Little leftover white wine
Rind of a preserved lemon
36 pitted purple or green olives
Chopped parsley or coriander leaves
Juice of a lemon
- Season 1,5kg chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
- Pour a little oil into a heavy-based saucepan and brown the chicken pieces all over in the hot oil.
- Now add the finely chopped onions, garlic, ground saffron, ground ginger and crushed dried chillies. Add 1 cup water/chicken stock if you have some.
- Adding a little leftover white wine to the water won’t do any harm either, although I don’t suppose it’s traditional.
- Stew the chicken over a low heat for 1 to 1¼ hours until soft. Add a small quantity of boiling water if it looks a little dry.
- About 10 to 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time, add the rind of a preserved lemon cut into wedges, or the rinds of eight wedges. But I’m far too greedy to use only the rind, so I usually chop up the entire wedge.
- Also add the purple or green olives.
- Before serving, taste for seasoning and add a handful of finely chopped parsley or coriander leaves, and the juice of a lemon, if necessary.
- This chicken is delicious with rice and a salad of fresh lettuce.
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