Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Moroccan Chicken and Olives

Oh, I wish the picture of this dish looked as good as it tasted but, you know, brown sauce just doesn't have that beauty factor.
Moroccan Chicken & Olives
Trust me though, this is an easy, flavorful dish. There is just something I really love about cinnamon in savory applications. Then add the briny olives and sweet raisins and you've got a winning blend of tastes.

We served it over a blend of Israeli couscous, yellow split peas, quinoa and a few other things I can't remember. It was a blend I picked up in the bulk section on a whim as an alternative to rice. It had such great variety of texture. This dish though, would be good over rice or regular couscous too.

Moroccan Chicken and Olives

1/2 T olive oil
10 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
salt and pepper
1 t coriander
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t cumin
pinch cayenne
1 heaping T all-purpose flour
1/2 T tomato paste
2 c chicken stock
12 green olives, cut in half
1/2 T olive brine
2 T golden raisins

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pan over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the hot oil and sauté until cooked on the outside, about 3 - 5 minutes. Add the coriander, cinnamon, cumin and cayenne. Sauté for one more minutes. Sprinkle with the flour and sauté for 1 more minute. Add the tomato paste, chicken stock, olives, olive brine and raisins. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until reduced by at least half and thickened, about 20 minutes. Check for seasoning and add salt if needed.

Serve over hot rice or couscous.

2 servings.

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Lori said...

Brown sauce or not, I have no doubt this is fantastic! We bought that same grain blend at Trader Joes and I love it!

Lori said...

May I just say it looks really good to me. Love olives in anything!

Jenn @leftoverqueen said...

This sounds totally delicious! I love cinnamon in savory as well!

Elle said...

i also love cinnamon in savory recipes! And not only does the chicken look fantastic, but so does the blend you served it over!

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