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Explore flavor with a Moroccan style dinner from Saffron Road

Moroccan Tagine Chicken from Saffron Road
Moroccan Tagine Chicken from Saffron RoadCristine Struble

Many families complain that their kids will only eat simple, plain food. One of the easiest ways to introduce new flavors to a child is with familiar items. For example, many kids love chicken nuggets. But, chicken nuggets may not be the best choice for dinner every night. Why not change those boring nuggets to a Moroccan influenced chicken dish. With Saffron Road simmer sauces, a flavor exploration is at your fingertips.

Saffron Road brings the flavors of world cuisine into a family's kitchen. Moroccan, India and Thai flavors offer under utilized spices in the typical family meals. For the busy family wanting to try bolder flavors, the Saffron Road simmer sauces make exploring world cuisine less intimidating.

The simmer sauces can quickly and easy turn a boring, familiar meal into an exploration of flavor. Whether using the sauce in a saute or a long braise, these simmer sauces offer a convenient way to cook. Simply add a protein and vegetable to the sauce and cook. There is no measuring and no mess. One pan can create a complex meal.

Since kids often tend to gravitate to the familiar, a recipe that builds on a favorite item can help them be more receptive to new flavors. With chicken being a popular kids' choice, a recipe including chicken can be a perfect vehicle to try the Saffron Road Simmer Sauces. Below is one recipe using the Moroccan Tagine simmer sauce.

Moroccan Tagine Chicken with Apricots & Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp.+ Olive oil
  • 3 pounds chicken drumsticks and/or thighs
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • ½ cup carrot, peeled and diced
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Saffron Road's Moroccan Tagine Simmer Sauce
  • ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
  • ½ cup dates, chopped
  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper
  • Couscous

Instructions

  1. Lightly salt and pepper chicken pieces.
  2. Place Dutch oven on the stove and heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil on medium-high. When warm, add chicken pieces and sear on both sides. Give each side about 4 minutes, or until lightly golden. Meat does not need to be cooked all the way through. If pieces do not fit all at once, sear them in groups, but make sure you have just enough oil in the bottom of the Dutch oven for each group.
  3. When chicken is seared, remove to a clean dish, leaving just a tad of olive oil left in the pan.
  4. In Dutch oven, sauté onion and carrots with the teaspoon of salt. Cook until veggies are soft, and start to brown – about 10 minutes. Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds.
  5. Add the Moroccan Tagine Simmer Sauce to the cooked vegetables and stir, until heated through, and slightly bubbly.
  6. Stir in the apricots and dates.
  7. Carefully fit all chicken pieces back in the Dutch oven, on top of the sauce. No need to ladle the sauce over the chicken until after cooking.
  8. Place Dutch oven in the oven and bake for 50 minutes at 350°.
  9. Remove Dutch oven from the oven and carefully pull the chicken out onto a plate, using tongs.
  10. Stir chickpeas into the sauce, over medium heat. When sure that the chickpeas are heated through, and fully incorporated, remove Dutch oven from heat.
  11. Serve chicken atop prepared couscous (I like to prepare mine in chicken broth), and spoon the sauce over the top of the chicken and couscous.

This Moroccan Tagine chicken offers a key flavor of Moroccan cuisine, tamarind. This spice offers a bitter sweet flavor. Combined with other spices, the simmer sauce brings a bold taste to the hearty chicken thighs. While the overall flavor may not be common to kids, the taste is approachable. Over time, the family can expand the protein choices, to a choice like lamb.

Saffron Road offers a variety of world cuisine options. From simmer sauces to crunchy chickpeas, this company brings world cuisine conveniently to the home chef. The company's products are Halal certified.

Bring the world onto the plate with help from Saffron Road.