I really enjoy learning about the flavours and spices used in Moroccan cuisine, which is why this chicken stew recipe was inspired by them. Ever since I made a chicken soup inspired by Moroccan flavours, I’ve been wanting to use this combination of spices in other dishes.
Moroccan cuisine is a fabulously complex and delicious style of cuisine and I’d recommend everyone learn and read up on the history and style of cooking. This is a great Moroccan cuisine guide.
Based on some research, I’ve learned that in Morocco, they often use a combination of spices like cayenne pepper, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and saffron. This creates a complex flavour profile that is becoming increasingly popular in Toronto. It’s the kind of spice mixture that lends itself well to slow cooking.
If you’re looking to learn how to make a tagine, I would recommend trying this chicken tagine from My Moroccan Food.
Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Stew
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- In a small bowl, combine cumin, paprika, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and salt.
- In a medium bowl, toss chicken with 1 tbsp of spice mixture, reserve the remaining spice mixture.
- Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, sauté until beginning to soften about 2-3 minutes. Add chicken to pan and brown about 4-5 minutes until golden.
- Add garlic, sweet potato, carrots and remaining spice mixture. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Dump chicken and vegetables into slow cooker.
- Add crushed tomato and water to the pan you cooked the vegetables and chicken in. Stir to loosen up brown bits on bottom of the pan.
- Pour liquid from the pan into slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
Let me know if you give this slow cooker Moroccan chicken stew a try!