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Moroccan Chicken Stew With Apricots Always Delicious Book

Moroccan Chicken Stew with Apricots

Chef Dawn Ludwig
Recipe from ALWAYS DELICIOUS by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, and Dawn Ludwig
Rich warm spices and sweet dried fruit make this Moroccan stew an instant favorite. Once you’ve prepped the ingredients, it’s only a matter of letting it cook. A slow cooker makes for even easier prep. Leave in the morning and come home to the sweet and savory aromas of dinner ready to eat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Overnight Marinating 8 hrs
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan


  • 1 recipe Moroccan Sauce
  • 1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes or slices
  • 1-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into chunks (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small sweet potato or 1/2 small winter squash (kabocha, butternut, buttercup, etc.; peeled), cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 6 dried apricots, whole or diced, or 4 fresh apricots, quartered and pitted
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt

Moroccan Sauce

  • 1 (2-inch piece) fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 3 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 (3- to 4- inch piece) fresh turmeric, peeled, or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric (optional)
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • dash of grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground white or black pepper
  • 9-10 sprigs cilantro, stems and leaves coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional)


For the Moroccan Sauce

  • Place all the ingredients in a wide-mouthed mason jar or cup that will fit an immersion blender without splashing. Blend, working the blender in the jar until the garlic, ginger, and turmeric are smooth.
  • Place a lid on the jar. For best results, set aside for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to develop. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 week.

For the Moroccan Chicken Stew

  • Place the sauce in a large zip-top bag, add the chicken, seal the bag, and massage to completely coat the chicken with the sauce. Place it in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight (or cook it immediately if you have less time).
  • Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or stovetop-safe slow cooker insert over medium heat, or in a slow cooker on the sauté setting. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken and sauce from the bag, carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, water, and salt. Cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, or transfer the ingredients or the slow-cooker insert to the slow cooker. Cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 1/2 hours on the stovetop (longer, slow cooking creates a more savory dish) or cook on low in a slow cooker for up to 8 hours or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If desired, remove the lid for the last 15 to 30 minutes to thicken the sauce.½


Vegetarian Variation

Substitute chicken for 1 1/2 pounds extra-firm tofu, drained, pressed with an absorbent towel, and crumbled, and increase the salt to taste. Or substitute chicken for 1 recipe Basic Seitan (Always Delicious page 72) plus 2 additional tablespoons olive oil.

Nutrition (Moroccan Sauce - Per Tablespoon)

Fat: 5g
Carbohydrate: 1g
Protein: 0g
Calories: 45

Nutrition (Moroccan Chicken Stew)

Fat: 26g
Carbohydrate: 22g
Protein: 37g
Calories: 459

Nutrition (Full Meal - Phase 2)

Serve over Cauliflower Couscous (Always Delicious pg. 211) or 1/4 cup Cooked Quinoa (Always Delicious pg. 231), with a side of salad greens and chopped raw vegetables tossed with 1 to 2 teaspoons Greek Dressing (Always Delicious pg. 285). For Dessert: 1 small apple, cored, sliced, and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon honey and sprinkled with ground cinnamon and ground cardamom.
Fat: 42%
Carbohydrate: 34%
Protein: 24%
Calories: 658
Keyword Meat, Phase 2, Slow Cooker