Chasing Davies: Quick Cook: Chicken, Apricot & Almond Dinner

January 6, 2010

Quick Cook: Chicken, Apricot & Almond Dinner

YUM! I cooked another great meal from my new cook book, Quick Cook this past weekend. I'm loving this cook book, and trying the easy, healthy recipes from it one at a time.

Did anyone try the Sweet Potato and Butter Bean Stew meal I last posted about from my new cook book?

Well, here is a new one that I recommend you try! Baked Chicken* with Apricots and Almonds:

Served over Couscous:

What you'll need:
1.25 lbs of chicken (the recipe calls for chicken with skin on, but I used skinless chicken breasts)
*Vegetarian? I think you could swap the chicken out with sweet potatoes and/or beans (butter, navy, black)
3 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
pinch of ground ginger
1x5.5 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 cups hot chicken stock (I used broth - is that the same thing?)
Handful of whole blanched almonds
Handful of dried apricots
Handful of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Juice of 1 Lemon
Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Couscous, for serving

The Recipe:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Season the chicken well with salt, pepper and 2 tbsp of cinnamon
3. Heat 1tbsp of olive oil in a large flameproof casserole (or skillet if you don't have one, like me) over medium-high heat
4. Add chicken pieces and cook 5 minutes on each side (it's ok if it doesn't get all the way cook - it'll cook in the oven later) - Remove from casserole, or set skillet aside off heat.
5. In the Casserole, or dutch oven, heat to medium and add the remaining olive oil, onion, and a pinch of salt and cook for 5 minutes (or until onion is soft).
6. Mix in garlic, ginger and rest of cinnamon to casserole/dutch oven
7. Then add in chickpeas and stir
8. Add in the chicken to the mixture and chicken stock/broth
9. Bring pot to boiling
10. Once boiling, add the almonds and appricots - either cover the casserole/oven safe dish already using or transfer hot boiling mixture to oven safe dish and cover and plop into the pre-heated oven
11. Bake for 1 hour, make sure the chicken is cooked in the middle
12. Add cilantro and squeeze the lemon juice
13. Serve over the Couscous.

Bon Appetit!

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