Make-ahead Moroccan Chicken

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Cook Time: 30 min.
This one-pot meal will fill your kitchen with the scents of Morocco as it cooks. Freezes well for quick weekday lunches.


  • 4 chicken leg quarters, skinned
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbs minced ginger
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1- 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups cous cous


  • In large, non-stick soup pot, place olive oil over high heat. Add chicken and cook about 10 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Stir in onion, garlic, chickpeas, ginger, carrots, raisins, cinnamon, cumin, tumeric and water. Bring to simmer, reduce heat and cook for about 20 minutes. Stir in zucchini and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve. Serve in large bowls over cous cous.
  • To freeze, transfer Moroccan Chicken to plastic container with tight fitting lid. Let cool, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Refrigerate, uncovered, until cold, about 40 minutes. Cover tightly and freeze until needed.
  • To thaw, transfer from freezer to refrigerator 12 - 24 hours before needed. Reheat in a large, covered soup pot over medium-low heat. Bring to simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of the National Chicken Council

Nutrition Facts

Calories 485
  Calories from Fat 61 (13%)
(11%)Total Fat 7g
(7%)Saturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(23%)Cholesterol 69mg
(10%)Sodium 236mg
(25%)Potassium 884mg
Total Carbohydrate 78g
(40%)Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugars 12g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(59%)Protein 29g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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