Tired of dinner decisions? Enjoy a 30 day trial to our meal plan service, voted #1 by Lifehacker, and reduce your mental load today.

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken
with apricot and almond quinoa

Active: 30 min Total: 6 hr 30 min

Slow cooker meals often make our Favorites list because they're so low maintenance. The flavors of this Moroccan Chicken happen to be delicious too, so we're bringing it back from the week of 11/2/15.
Smarts: We do provide non-slow cooker directions for this recipe, but we definitely recommend using a slow cooker for more tender chicken.

Tags

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Apricot and Almond Quinoa:
  • Cilantro - 3 Tbsp, chopped
  • Apricots, dried - 2 oz, chopped
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 2/3 cup
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Chicken stock - 1 1/3 cups
  • Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup
Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken:
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
  • Onions - 1, diced
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Apricots, dried - 2 oz, chopped
  • Diced tomatoes (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can, drained
  • Chicken thighs, boneless & skinless - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Cinnamon - 1 tsp
  • Coriander - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Ginger, dried - 1 tsp
  • Harissa paste (optional, sub your favorite hot sauce) - 1 Tbsp
  • Chicken stock - 1/2 cup
  • Yogurt, plain (sub sour cream) - 4 Tbsp

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts

Prep

  1. Garlic / Onions - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. For chicken and quinoa | Cilantro / Apricots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  3. Diced tomatoes - Drain.
  4. [Optional step] Brown chicken - Sprinkle chicken with some salt and pepper. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add some cooking oil. Add chicken to heated oil and sear on both sides for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. If slow cooking - Place chicken, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, garlic, onions, apricots (just chicken’s portion), diced tomatoes, harissa, and chicken stock in slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours OR low for 6 to 8 hours. (If you don’t own a slow cooker, chop chicken into bite-sized pieces. Then heat a Dutch oven or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add some oil and then saute garlic and onions for ~3 minutes. Add remainder of the ingredients and saute for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring frequently until chicken is cooked through. Please note, this dish is meant to be a slow cooker dish and the chicken will be much more tender in slow cooker.)

Unlock this meal along with hundreds of smart meal plans and never stress about "What's for dinner?" again

Get 1 free month
Learn More

Make

  1. Combine quinoa, butter, chicken stock, and apricots in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer until quinoa has absorbed all the liquid, 8 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  2. Fold cilantro (just quinoa's portion) and sliced almonds into quinoa.
  3. Season Moroccan chicken to taste with salt, harissa, and / or spices. You can shred chicken with a fork in the slow cooker or just serve it whole (it'll be super fork tender!). Enjoy chicken topped with yogurt and chopped cilantro and quinoa on the side.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts


Reviews

Ratings

Original (133)
Gluten-free (13)
Paleo (13)
Vegetarian (15)

47 reviews

This is my favorite recipe so far! I love the flavors.

By: Claire
Posted: Mar 30, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Skipped the couscous but the chicken and stuff in the slow cooker was delicious!

By: Sundi
Posted: Mar 25, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

My family loved this dish! They called it "exotic".

By: Misty
Posted: Dec 08, 2016
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

this was so easy, and so flavorful! I will definitely make it again. Directions spot on - i always sub parsley for cilantro (tastes like soap suds to me), otherwise followed exactly. The chicken was so tender and apricots were a revelation.

By: Colleen
Posted: Oct 18, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I want to disclose that I made this in a pan and wish I hadn't chopped up the chicken. But over all, really good favors! I didn't want to add too much sweetness to the meal so I skipped the apricots but it was a really tasty food and didn't take long to make. We will make it again for sure.

By: Gulan
Posted: Aug 24, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delish! I would make this anytime.

By: Sara
Posted: Aug 19, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful