Recipe (Simple as ABC): Moroccan Chicken

Running out of ways to cook chicken? Let me introduce you the the best spiced-up chicken recipe that I know of. My own children are so pleased with the taste of this dish that they actually want to lick the pan after we finish the chicken and vegetables on it! This is a kind of exotic dish: if you are looking for an amazing potluck dish or simply a dinner crowd-pleaser, this is the dish for you!

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Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of skinless, boneless chicken breast meat – cubed
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 2 carrots – sliced
  • 1 stalks celery – sliced
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini – sliced
  • 3 potatoes – chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic – chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil

We recommend all ingredients to be organic, non-genetically-modified and free-range for full health benefits.

Yields: 4 servings

 

Instructions:

  1.  Season chicken with salt, pepper and olive oil and brown in a large saucepan over medium heat for about five minutes. 
  2. Marinate onion, garlic, carrots, celery and potatoes on the side with salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, ginger, paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, turmeric and cinnamon. Then saute the mixture in the same pan as the chicken. Stir fry for about a minute, then mix in water and tomatoes. Boil water for two minutes, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add zucchini to pan and simmer once again for covered for about 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and serve.

 

Nutritional benefits:

Chicken

Chicken is a great source of lean, low fat protein, which helps support maintaining a healthy body weight. It also contains amino acid called trytophan, which will increase serotonin levels and help bring a better mood. Moreover, it has vitamin B6 that keeps blood vessels healthy and help burn calories.

Carrots

Carrots are very rich in beta-carotene, which converts vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina to rhodopsin, which helps with night vision. Beta-carotene is also an antioxidant  that slows down the aging of cells. It has been proven that carrots reduce the risks of stroke, lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer.

Potatoes

Potatoes are actually low in calories and high in fiber when we take away the extra fat and deep frying processes of making French fries or potato chips. They also have a lot of vitamin B6, which is essential for cell formation. Baking potatoes are the best ways of keeping all those natural benefits in the food.

 

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