Moroccan Chicken with Prunes & Brown Rice

Moroccan Chicken

with Prunes & Brown Rice

55 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

The vibrant sauce for tonight’s chicken calls on three hallmarks of Moroccan cooking: tomatoes, dried fruit and fragrant, warming spices. Along with the sautéed carrots in our brown rice, the prunes offer a sweet counterpoint to the spices, including coriander, turmeric and hot cayenne. To maximize all of the dish’s flavors, we’re browning the chicken, then simmering it in the sauce. (Remember not to spoon the sauce over the chicken—this way, the skin will stay deliciously crispy on top.)

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  • Calories
    640 Cals (est.)
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Moroccan Chicken with Prunes & Brown Rice
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Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 25 to 30 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Cover and set aside in a warm place.

Prepare the ingredients:
2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Roughly chop the prunes. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands.

Cook the carrots:
3 Cook the carrots:

While the rice continues to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Transfer to a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.

Start the chicken:
4 Start the chicken:

While the rice continues to cook, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken, skin sides down, and cook 4 to 6 minutes on the first side, or until golden brown. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate and set aside in a warm place.

Make the sauce & finish the chicken:
5 Make the sauce & finish the chicken:

To the pan of reserved fond, add the garlic, white bottoms of the scallions, prunes and as much of the spice blend as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant.

Add the tomatoes, honey, half the vinegar and ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly and scraping up any fond, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until well combined. Add the browned chicken, skin sides up, and cook, stirring the sauce occasionally, 7 to 8 minutes, or until slightly thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Turn off the heat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish the rice & plate your dish:
6 Finish the rice & plate your dish:

To the pot of cooked rice, add the cooked carrots and remaining vinegar. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the finished rice and finished chicken and sauce between 2 dishes. Garnish with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Cook the rice:
1 Cook the rice:

In a small pot, combine the rice, a big pinch of salt and 1 cup of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 25 to 30 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Cover and set aside in a warm place.

2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the rice cooks, wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel the carrots; halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and mince the garlic. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice on an angle, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Roughly chop the prunes. Place the tomatoes in a bowl; gently break apart with your hands.

Cook the carrots:
3 Cook the carrots:

While the rice continues to cook, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Transfer to a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place. Wipe out the pan.

4 Start the chicken:

While the rice continues to cook, pat the chicken dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned chicken, skin sides down, and cook 4 to 6 minutes on the first side, or until golden brown. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate and set aside in a warm place.

Start the chicken:
Make the sauce & finish the chicken:
5 Make the sauce & finish the chicken:

To the pan of reserved fond, add the garlic, white bottoms of the scallions, prunes and as much of the spice blend as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant.

Add the tomatoes, honey, half the vinegar and ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly and scraping up any fond, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until well combined. Add the browned chicken, skin sides up, and cook, stirring the sauce occasionally, 7 to 8 minutes, or until slightly thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Turn off the heat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Finish the rice & plate your dish:

To the pot of cooked rice, add the cooked carrots and remaining vinegar. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the finished rice and finished chicken and sauce between 2 dishes. Garnish with the green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

Finish the rice & plate your dish:
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