Moroccan chicken one-pot scattered with feta, mint and lemon zest

Moroccan chicken one-pot

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

Serves 6

You don't need a clay pot to whip up a fragrant, North Africa tagine - throw it all in a casserole dish and top with feta, mint and lemon

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal324
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre6g
  • protein27g
  • salt0.4g
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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onions, 1 roughly chopped, 1 sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 100g tomatoes
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 100g ginger, roughly chopped
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
    Turmeric

    Turmeric

    term-er-ik

    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 1 tbsp each ground cumin, coriander and cinnamon
  • 1 large butternut squash, deseeded and cut into big chunks
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 100g dried cherries
    Cherry

    Cherry

    che-ree

    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

To serve

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • zest 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • handful mint leaves
    Mint

    Mint

    mi-nt

    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 100g feta cheese, crumbled
  • couscous and natural yogurt
    Couscous

    Couscous

    koos-koos

    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

Method

  1. Season 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a flameproof dish, then brown the chicken on all sides. Remove the chicken to a plate.

  2. Whizz 1 chopped onion, 100g tomatoes, 100g chopped ginger and 3 garlic cloves into a rough paste.

  3. Fry 1 sliced onion in 1 tbsp olive oil in the dish until softened, then add 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp coriander and 1 tbsp cinnamon and fry for 1 min more until fragrant. Add the paste and fry for another few mins to soften.


  4. Return the chicken to the dish with 1 large butternut squash, cut into big chunks, 600ml chicken stock, 2 tbsp brown sugar and 2 tbsp red wine vinegar.

  5. Bring to a simmer, then cook for 30 mins until the chicken is cooked through.

  6. Lift the chicken out and stir in 100g dried cherries, then continue simmering the sauce to thicken while you shred the chicken into bite-sized chunks. Stir the chicken back into the sauce and season.


  7. Mix 1 finely chopped small red onion, the zest of 1 lemon, a handful of mint leaves and 100g crumbled feta cheese. Scatter over the dish, then serve with couscous and natural yogurt.

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abbyflavell
6th Dec, 2019
5.05
Delicious one pot. I cooked it in the slow cooker all day and it was so tasty. A great easy dinner if your having guests.
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Leelijordan
22nd Nov, 2019
5.05
Delicious and just as nice when frozen!
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Anndalynn
31st Oct, 2019
5.05
Loved the flavour in this chicken dish. It was a bit to prepare, but well worth it. It is truly, make for company, worthy!! A couple of things that I changed...1. the 100 grams of tomatoes where cherry tomatoes not canned (although it doesn't say to use canned), 2. I added the mint leaves and lemon zest at the end just before serving. Gave it about 5 minutes to blend in. 3. only used about 50 grams of the fresh ginger. Did not use the red onions or feta. The Goat Yogurt seemed to be enough...yum!
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Sharon Butler
13th Oct, 2019
Someone has already asked this question but doesn’t seem to be an answer. Do you simmer the dish covered or uncovered?
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Anndalynn
31st Oct, 2019
5.05
I made this and while it was simmering, I covered it. I uncovered the dish while the cherries where cooking and I was shredding the chicken. Hope this helps. It's a delicious recipe.
sophiehall
29th May, 2019
4.05
Pretty easy and tasty but it really needs the feta topping
Miffy19
25th May, 2019
5.05
Delicious! This recipe is absolutely fantastic! Really easy but really tasty. I used 50g of ginger puree rather than fresh ginger and I would say that was just enough. Also didn't use the cherries because they're rather expensive. Good portion sizes as well! Will 100% make again!
suzeclues
16th Jan, 2019
5.05
I let the butternut squash cook alone for 15 mins without the chicken because there was enough liquid to do both in a reasonable time. Nice garnish. Added chickpeas. Next time I'd make it vegan by removing chicken, adding chickpeas - probs pre-seasoned - and putting salted cashews or almond slices in the garnish.
liseinmunich
13th Jan, 2019
5.05
...made it for a big gang this weekend - trebled the ingredients and it went down a treat. Will definitely make it again.
mizmoo
11th Jan, 2019
5.05
This recipe is amazing, we loved it. We swapped out the cherries for raisins, and the squash for sweet potatoes. We also added flaked almonds. Will definitely do again in the very near future.

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cathysuzuki
11th Jun, 2019
Do you peel the butternut squash?
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goodfoodteam
17th Jun, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, we'd recommend peeling the butternut squash.
enstr40
27th May, 2017
Can someone please confirm it's definitely 100g of ginger?
becki-x
26th May, 2016
Could there be a vegetarian alternative to chicken that could be used in this recipe? Would tofu work?
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Pee
22nd Mar, 2017
5.05
I've made this with Quorn "chicken" fillets and it was delicious!
Filmsrose
20th Sep, 2015
Can I use glacé cherries? Got no dried ones. Thanks
Thekittycat
10th Sep, 2015
Can you use ginger powder instead of fresh one? Does it makes a big diffrence?
Apothika
17th Oct, 2014
Love this! I actually forgot to add the dried cherries (though I did buy them) so I'm making again tomorrow night. Thinking of paring it with the harissa couscous (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/8163/harissa-couscous) can't decide if it'll be too much or amazing. Anyway - my question is this - I'm in the U.S. and I'm curious if our scary, genetically modified onions are bigger than in the UK? Two onions for this recipe is probably close to at least 3 cups for me - does that sound right? I was wondering if you might be able to tell me in grams what a "typical" onion would be, as referenced in this recipe. I ask because the whizzed ingredients were much more saucy than paste-y, so I'm just curious. Thank you! If I could be in the UK with you all right now, I would be! :D Go BBC!
AngieHK
20th Sep, 2014
Do you think it is ok to make the paste a few days beforehand? I am making this dish on a weekend away and don't want to drag my good processor along to the cabin just to make the paste. Thanks in advance.
mrlpeck
19th Sep, 2014
Do I put the lid on my casserole dish once All ingredients are in? Thanks

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sophiajohannescooks
14th Apr, 2019
5.05
I didn’t have any butternut squash, so instead I used potatoes, sweet potato and carrot and it tasted just as good.
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yettimonster
12th Nov, 2016
Adapted from advice from other members. Highly Recommend slow cooker verison. Used boned chicken thigh & legs x 4 Reduced chicken stock too 400 ml & ginger to 2 inch wedge Omitted the sugar Used cranberries Added extra veg of choice To serve option: Reduced lemon to 1/2 lemon zest as to over powering taste. Much better flavours a few days after making.
radioheadjen
13th Aug, 2014
5.05
My family loves this recipe, though we don't bother with the cherries or the toppings in the final stage, just serve it with plain couscous and it's still really tasty. We've also found we prefer to use slightly less cinnamon than stated in the recipe, say 2/3 of a tablespoon, otherwise that flavour overpowers everything else.
chelmckeen
5th Jan, 2014
I made a cheaper version using chicken thighs and de boned at the shredding stage :-)
iloveprunejam
20th Sep, 2013
Pour some lemon juice on top of your plate and it turns from very very good to INCREDIBLE.
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handycrowd
27th Jun, 2013
5.05
Swap the squash for sweet potato and the dried cherries for fresh and oh so goooood! Took a little longer than 30 mins, prob because of the sweet potato. Loved the combination of the fresh flavours, the lemon the sweet cherries, the tart yogurt all combined into a wonderful taste of Morocco! Definitely a keeper and sophisticated enough for a cosmopolitan dinner party IMHO!
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