On Wednesdays, we’re sharing our favorite one-pot wonders, meals that require only one piece of cookware—usually a fry pan, sauté pan, Dutch oven or baking sheet—so you don’t have to deal with washing a sink full of dishes before dinner is even ready. In this dish, the Mediterranean spice trio of cumin, coriander and cinnamon creates a deep and earthy flavor. Loaded with lean protein and vegetables, this dish needs only a side of couscous for soaking up the delicious sauce, and dinner is complete.
Moroccan Chicken with Chickpeas and Dried Apricots
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 chicken, 4 to 5 lb. (2 to 2.5 kg), cut into 8 serving pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cinnamon stick
1 can (14 1⁄2 oz./455 g) diced tomatoes
2 cans (15 oz./470 g each) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup (3 oz./90 g) dried apricots, halved
2 tsp. cider or sherry vinegar
2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
In a large, heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Working in batches as needed to avoid crowding, add the chicken to the pan, skin side down, and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Do not wipe the pan clean and keep it over medium-high heat.
Add the onion to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook just until soft, about 1 minute. Stir in the cumin, coriander, cayenne and cinnamon stick and cook until the spices are fragrant and toasted, about 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes with their juices, the chickpeas and the broth and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, stir in the apricots and return the chicken to the pan, nestling it in the sauce. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the chicken is opaque throughout (no pink should show when you cut in next to a bone, and the chicken juices should run clear), about 25 minutes. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.
Stir in the vinegar and cilantro. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
For more fresh ideas about how to prepare chicken, whether for a
quick family meal or an impressive weekend spread, check out our
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