Moroccan Spice Braised Chicken with Dates and Almonds

Egyptian Food and Recipes

In keeping with our Ramadan theme for this month, here is a tasty main course dish featuring chicken with dates, almonds and North African seasonings.




[Moroccan Chicken]


* 3 1/2 pounds chicken parts
* 3 tablespoons flour
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 large onion,halved, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
* 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cumin
* 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Turmeric
* 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth
* 2 tablespoons lemon juice
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup pitted and quartered dates, (about 6 ounces)
* 1/3 cup whole blanched almonds


1.Coat chicken with flour. Heat oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add half of the chicken; brown about 5 minutes per side. Remove from skillet. Repeat browning step with remaining chicken, adding onion. Return all chicken to skillet.

2. Combine cinnamon, cumin, ginger, and turmeric in a small bowl; add to chicken. Stir to evenly coat chicken and onions with spices; saut 1-2 minutes.

3. Stir in broth, lemon juice and salt; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in dates and almonds and cook, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover and simmer another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nutritional Information:

Per one serving: About 647 Calories, Fat 42g, Protein 45g, Carbohydrate 23g, Cholesterol 170mg, Sodium 521mg,


Last Updated: June 7th, 2011