This dish is known in Morocco as tajine msir zeetoon. Serve it over couscous.
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), skinned
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
24 pimiento-stuffed olives, coarsely chopped
8 lemon wedges
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well. Add chicken; toss to coat. Arrange chicken in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife.
Combine flour, juice, and broth, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Sprinkle flour mixture over chicken, tossing to coat. Top chicken with olives and lemon. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until thermometer registers 180°.
Hm, I'll definitely make this again but with a few modifications. I accidentally forgot the salt but figured the olives would be salty enough. Also thought that I used enough lemon and I definitely didn't. The whole dish was slightly bland like someone else mentioned. The dish looked beautiful though and cooked up well. Just not much flavor, which did surprise me too. All I could taste was heat. It wasn't too spicy but that's all I tasted. Used skinless boneless thighs as the only modification, and no cilantro since I hate it. That really can't be why it didn't taste like much!
Plus, there's no way the nutritional information is right. I used 2 other recipe calorie calculators and they ranged from 325-450 per serving.
This was a disappointment. It was plenty hot and I only used half the red pepper. I increased the salt, because I almost always do w/Cooking Light recipes. Somehow, it tasted flat, which was a surprise since it had all my favorite spices. In an attempt to make it better (halfway through dinner), I squeezed more fresh lemon juice on it, added garlic salt, and it was better. I neglected to bake it with the lemon slices, which might have helped. I probably won't bother with this again.
I have made recipes very similar to this and been let down b/c I thought that the citrus flavor was too strong (i.e.: Rachael Ray!). However, this has to be the BEST one yet! I followed the recipe exactly and thought it was amazing! The sauce sounds weird but is the best part of the dish. I served this with couscous and green beans. Will definitely make this again!
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