Saturday, April 17, 2010

Morrocon style chicken

Last week end I invited a friend of mine with her parents over for lunch. I decided to stay away from the maldivian cooking, as usually the maldivian mothers are better cooks so decidided to go with something else. My friend offered to cook rice so I made the main dish. I found this recipe while searching for a simple middle eastern dish, mainly because I love cooking middle eastern kinda food even thought I have tasted very few dishes. I have tweaked it a bit.

So for 8 people,

7 chicken whole leg pieces
2 medium onions or 1 large one
4 cloves garlic
1 inch piece ginger
1 tomato
3 green chillies
a big bunch of coriander leaves
1/2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 big pinch of saffron
500 ml water or chicken stock
3 potatoes, peeled and cut into thick rounds
1 cup of frozen peas
olive oil

1. Clean and remove the skin of the leg pieces and seperate the thigh and drumstick.

2. Put , one onion, or half of large onion, garlic, ginger, chilies , tomato and the stems of the coriander / cilantro leaves into the food processor and process to a paste. Rub this into your chicken pieces, along with the rest of the dry spices and leave to marinate for an hour or two.

3. Take a casserole pot with a tight fitting lid. pour a little oil, arrange the onion slices, then the peas .Next place the chicken pieces in one layer, then the potatoes.

4. Pour the water into the dish or bag you had used for marinading the chicken in and swirl it around to collect the left out spices in it and pour the whole lot into the casserole pot.

5. Place over a low heat stove top , lid on ,and bring to a gentle simmer and leave it like for about 45 minutes , then remove the lid and give a gentle stir, add more water if you find it too little. Cook for a further 10 minutes with the lid on because I wanted to thick the sauce a little. Sprinkle with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Have a nice week end!!!!


  1. Great dish! Just need some rice and some salad to go with it. Yummm.... Have a great weekend!
    Regards, Kristy

  2. Looks delicious! Great combination of flavors! Sounds like a lovely afternoon with friends.

    Enjoy the weekend!

  3. This is so full of flavor - I imagine it was just delicious! I bet your company loved it!

  4. Nice dish! How I wish I'm invited...hahaa..

  5. That does sound delicious. Especially with the addition of peas - it's a complete meal when served with Rice.

  6. i love trying new chicken dishes and this one is def worth a try...

  7. good one! Hope your guest had a good time.

  8. Lovely dish!! Very new way of making chicken.

  9. So many great flavors in this delicious dish.

  10. Flavorful chicken..guess you guys had a great time together :-)

  11. looks great and such a nice thing to take with you

  12. I love all the spices used and hint of exotic saffron :D

  13. I can smell that dish from here :)Sounds fantastic! Great flavors!


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