My slow cooker was a lifesaver last weekend as it has been for many recent weekends. Between film shoots, chicken wings and beers, blogger outings, brunches and homework there wasn’t much time to spend over a hot stove and when I say there wasn’t much time I mean there wasn’t any time. Mind you, somehow I did manage to get in some chocolate chip cookie baking, and was able to perfect another slow cooker recipe coming your way soon. Now that I think about it, I’m not really sure how I packed that much into one weekend. But it happened, and it was great. Every now and then there is just a great weekend, one for the record books and this past weekend was one of those. It had a little bit of everything that I love and I woke up on Monday feeling not only a little bit tired but also fulfilled and happy. I’ve been posting lots of behind the scenes snaps over on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.
Ever since I made Moroccan Chicken Soup last year, I’ve fallen in love with Moroccan flavours. I love the depth and how the combination of spices are so different from the kinds recipes I typically create. Moroccan cuisine uses a combination of sweet and savoury flavours, you’ll often find a combination of ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and allspice and they’ll often mix in dried fruit as well. This creates a complex flavour profile that is becoming increasingly popular in Toronto. I’ve been seeing Moroccan-style dishes all over menus, which makes me so happy, so expect more Moroccan-inspired dishes on Living Lou in the coming months. If you’re wondering what to pair with this slow cooker recipe, I’d serve it with my Moroccan inspired couscous salad for a well-rounded and simple meal.
If you’re looking for something with a little bit of an ethnic flair, I highly recommend trying this slow cooker Moroccan chicken stew recipe. You might be surprised by the sheer amount of spices used, but when you finally get a chance to taste this stew, you’ll understand. This recipe requires about 10 minutes of cooking on the stove before dumping into the slow cooker, but it’s well worth it.
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!