Chicken Tagine With Apricots and Pistachios

This North African-inspired dish is full of tender chicken, juicy cherry tomatoes, and apricots. A sprinkling of roasted pistachios adds salty crunch. It easily serves eight people, or four with leftovers you can freeze in resalable plastic bags. The ingredient list may look long, but most of what you see there are different spices you’ll have in your pantry, which give the chicken a warm, complex flavor. If you can’t get your hands on fresh apricots, thawed frozen ones will do. They add a delicious tangy sweetness to the stew, but dried apricots will work as well. And don’t skip the cooked quinoa: it soaks up the broth and makes for an even heartier dinner.

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 317.61 calories
    • Fat 15.17 g
    • Sat Fat 3.43 g
    • Cholesterol 154.28 mg
    • Sodium 821.81 mg
    • Protein 31.79 g
    • Carbohydrate 12.87 g
    • Sugar 7.04 g
    • Fiber 3.78 g
    • Iron 2.29 mg
    • Calcium 66.41 mg
This North African-inspired dish is full of tender chicken, juicy cherry tomatoes, and apricots. A sprinkling of roasted pistachios adds salty crunch. It easily serves eight people, or four with leftovers you can freeze in resalable plastic bags. The ingredient list may look long, but most of what you see there are different spices you’ll have in your pantry, which give the chicken a warm, complex flavor. If you can’t get your hands on fresh apricots, thawed frozen ones will do. They add a delicious tangy sweetness to the stew, but dried apricots will work as well. And don’t skip the cooked quinoa: it soaks up the broth and makes for an even heartier dinner.

Ingredients

  1. Check 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  2. Check 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  3. Check 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  4. Check ½ tablespoon kosher salt
  5. Check 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-in. pieces
  6. Check 2 tablespoons olive oil
  7. Check 2 medium onions, chopped
  8. Check 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  9. Check 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  10. Check 8 halved apricots, or 3 cups halved dried apricots
  11. Check 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  12. Check Cooked quinoa, chopped fresh parsley, and roasted, salted pistachios, for serving

Directions

  1. Mix the cumin, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium high. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the onions to the pot along with 2 tablespoons of water. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Return the chicken to the pot along with the canned tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, apricots, and broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve over the quinoa, topped with the parsley and pistachios.

    How to Free and Reheat: Cool the stew completely. Pour it into gallon-size freezer bags (separate from the quinoa), filling each halfway. Stack the bags in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes. Reheat in a pot over medium until warmed through, 8 to 10 minutes.