This Moroccan chicken stew is intensely flavoursome and easy to prepare. It is nutty and aromatic, thanks to dukkah, a basic component of many North African meat, fish or vegetable dishes.

 

This Moroccan chicken stew is intensely flavoursome and easy to prepare. It is nutty and aromatic, thanks to dukkah, a basic component of many North African meat, fish or vegetable dishes..

If you are familiar with African cuisine, you’ll know that stews play a prominent role across the continent. And if you are familiar with North African cuisine, then you’ve probably heard of dukkah. If you have not, then allow me to introduce you to dukkah, which is a coarse blend of nuts, seeds and spices originating from North Africa.

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There are numerous dukkah recipes, but the basic ingredients are the same; nuts, seeds and spices. Commonly used nuts include almonds and hazelnuts, while sesame seeds, coriander seeds and fennel seeds are the commonly used seeds.

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I’ll let you in on the secret to this Moroccan stew – it is Moroccan dukkah, in addition to garlic, smoked paprika, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a few of my favourite spices; coriander seeds, thyme and ground turmeric as the base for the chicken marinade. Thats it. But shhh… let’s keep this between us, shall we?

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The original idea had been to used preserved lemons, but my home-made preserved lemons were not quite ready for use, so I substituted with using fresh lemons. This recipe for this one-pan chicken drumsticks with paprika, lemon and dukkah marinade is quite simple, but the intensity of all the flavours will blow you away. Guaranteed. Just like my African chicken stew, which embodies the flavours of West Africa, this Moroccan chicken stew definitely celebrates the flavours of North Africa.

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I got several enthusiastic thumbs-up when I served these drumsticks for dinner – I am sure you will too! Serve with curry rice or millet pilaf.

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This Moroccan chicken stew is intensely flavoursome and easy to prepare. It is nutty and aromatic, thanks to dukkah, a basic component of many North African meat, fish or vegetable dishes..


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Spicy Dukkah Moroccan Chicken Recipe
Spicy Dukkah Moroccan Chicken Recipe
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This Moroccan chicken stew is intensely flavoursome and easy to prepare. It is nutty and aromatic, thanks to dukkah, a basic component of many North African meat, fish or vegetable dishes.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 30 minutes
Spicy Dukkah Moroccan Chicken Recipe
Spicy Dukkah Moroccan Chicken Recipe
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This Moroccan chicken stew is intensely flavoursome and easy to prepare. It is nutty and aromatic, thanks to dukkah, a basic component of many North African meat, fish or vegetable dishes.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 30 minutes
Instructions
  1. Mix the lemon juice, olive oil and all the spices together. Coat the chicken pieces with the marinade, ensuring an even distribution over the chicken. Cover with clingfilm and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight.
  2. Heat a pan and when hot, add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Fry the chicken pieces for 3 minutes per side, to brown them. Ensure that the chicken is not crowded inside the pan. Remove when both sides have been browned and set aside.
  3. In that same pan, and on medium heat, add the chopped onions, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Fry for 3 - 5 minutes until the onions are soft and translucent. Stir frequently to prevent the onions from burning.
  4. Add the dukkah spice and paprika. Stir to mix properly. Then add the tomato sauce, stock cube, brown sugar and the bay leaves and fresh thyme sprigs. Add back the fried chicken to the pan and stir to mix.
  5. Cover the pan, and allow the sauce to come to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 45 minutes.
  6. Uncover the pan and add the olives. Cook for another 10 minutes uncovered. Then take off the heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Spicy Dukkah Moroccan Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 563 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 58%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 759mg 32%
Potassium 820mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 19g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 26%
Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 7%
Iron 21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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The information shown is an estimate, and does not replace a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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This Moroccan chicken stew is intensely flavoursome and easy to prepare. It is nutty and aromatic, thanks to dukkah, a basic component of many North African meat, fish or vegetable dishes..

Emem
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This Moroccan chicken stew is intensely flavoursome and easy to prepare. It is nutty and aromatic, thanks to dukkah, a basic component of many North African meat, fish or vegetable dishes. African, gluten-free, Paleo