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This Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds, Apricots and Cauliflower “Couscous” is one of my new favorites. A simple meal that is thrown into the slow-cooker and forgotten is my favorite type of meal!

I was inspired to make this recipe because I absolutely love when something rich and savory is paired with the taste of tart and sweet fruit. The rich, nutty almonds with sweet paprika, cumin, cinnamon, spicy ginger and tart apricots complement the chicken and couscous-shaped cauliflower so well and make your house smell glorious throughout the day. You’ll find yourself soaking up any leftover sauce with the cauliflower couscous!

To make this easy recipe even easier, you can brown the chicken and throw everything into the insert of the crockpot the night before and refrigerate. When you are ready to cook, pop the insert back into the slow-cooker’s base and press start!

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds, Apricots and Cauliflower “Couscous”

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker – AgainstAllGrain.com

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SERVES: 6

PREP TIME: 27 mins

COOK TIME: 360 mins TOTAL TIME: 387 mins

INGREDIENTS:

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For the Chicken

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skins removed
  • Salt and pepper (to initially season the chicken)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup unsalted natural almond butter
  • 6 ounces unsweetened dried apricots
  • 1 pound baby carrots

For the Cauliflower Couscous

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Zest of one lemon

For the Garnish

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper then add half of the chicken to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Transfer the chicken to a slow cooker and repeat with remaining chicken.
  2. Return the pot to the stove and add onion and garlic and sauté for three minutes or until tender. Add the ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper and sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Stir in chicken stock and almond butter, scraping pot to loosen any browned bits. Pour contents of pot over chicken into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for five hours.
  4. Add the apricots and baby carrots to the slow cooker, cover and cook an additional hour.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the cauliflower “couscous.” Grate cauliflower by running the florets through a food processor with a grating attachment or use a box grater to create rice-like pieces. Pick out any large fragments that didn’t get shredded and save for another use. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions and garlic for 2 minutes, then add the cauliflower, salt and pepper. Sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender. Stir in the cherries, basil, cilantro and lemon zest.
  6. Garnish the chicken with toasted, sliced almonds and fresh cilantro. Serve over cauliflower couscous.

Note: To toast almonds, spread them in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 5 minutes.

Nutritional data (per 1 serving)

Calories 623

Fat 27g

Carbs 45g

Sugars 28g

Protein 54g

 This article was republished with permission from Againstallgrain.com.

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