A Taste of Africa

The Kingdom of Morocco is a country located in North Africa. Moroccan cuisine has long been considered as one of the most diversified cuisines in the world. This is a result of the centuries-long interaction of Morocco with the outside world. The cuisine of Morocco is mainly Berber-Moorish, European, Mediterranean cuisines. With 3.6 million, Casablanca is the largest city and sea port in Morocco. As tribute to our Moroccan chicken dish, we decided to make a Taste of Africa. We watched the award-winning 1942 film, Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Moroccan stews like this one, made with either meat or poultry, aromatic spices and vegetables, are called tagines. Don’t be turned off by the long list of ingredients; they’re mostly spices that are easily found at the grocery store. This particular combination of spices make a fairly spicy stew. If you don’t want it too hot, hold back a little on the turmeric, cayenne and paprika and use more cinnamon and cumin.

2 Tbs oil
1 onion, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, finely diced
1 Tbs finely chopped ginger
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)
4 chicken thighs (or 2 breasts)
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes in juice
2 cups water
1/2 c finely chopped cilantro
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 cups green beans, cut in half
1/4 cup finely chopped min
Juice from 1 lemon

Sauté onion, garlic and ginger in oil until soft and slightly browned. Add spices and sauté a minute more. Then add chicken, tomatoes, water, cilantro and sliced lemon. Simmer with a lid for 30 minutes. Add green beans, mint, and lemon juice. Simmer a few more minutes until green beans are done. Serve over cauliflower rice or whole-grain rice (e.g. basmati).

بالهنا و الشفاء! (bil hana wish shifa’! – Egyptian Arabic for Bon appétit)
Servings: 4


About ALM Tree

Bachelor's degree in biology-chemistry; Masters in public health. Science nerd (and proud of it!). Wine-o, beer snob, and foodie! Always has a sense of humor and looks on the bright side.
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