Let your slow cooker do all the work while you accept accolades for Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Apricots.
1 chicken, 3 1/2 to 4 lb., cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Small pinch saffron threads, crumbled and dissolved in broth, optional
10 to 12 dried apricots, halved or quartered if large
1 cup pitted green olives, halved
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, optional
How to Make It
Rinse chicken with cool water and pat dry. Combine flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a shallow bowl. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour, shaking off excess.
Melt butter with oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When foam subsides, cook chicken, turning often, until golden brown, about 10 minutes (work in batches if necessary). Transfer to a slow cooker. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. of fat from skillet.
Add onion to skillet and cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. (If pan begins to scorch, add some of the broth and continue stirring.) Add garlic; sauté 1 minute longer. Stir in paprika, cumin and cinnamon and stir until fragrant, about 15 seconds (mixture will be dry). Pour in broth, increase heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring to pick up any browned bits. Boil until liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Pour mixture over chicken in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on low for 5 to 6 hours. About 1 hour before chicken is done, scatter apricots and olives over chicken and sprinkle with lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer chicken to a serving platter and spoon pan juices with apricots and olives over and around chicken. Sprinkle with almonds. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve.
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