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North African Braised Chicken

with Almonds and Saffron
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North African Braised Chicken

North African Braised Chicken - Spicy and aromatic—succulent chicken deliciousness!

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45 min.
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Nutritional values

This recipe contains valuable protein, which our body can absorb very well, along with niacin and vitamin B6. Niacin is important for the metabolism and regulates the moisture balance of our skin, while vitamin B6 is needed for the metabolism and the nervous system.

If you want to save fat, you can put the broth into a fat separator pot and degrease it. Additionally, couscous or brown rice are perfect side dishes for this meal.

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie598 kcal(28 %)
Protein66 g(67 %)
Fat32 g(28 %)
Carbohydrates7 g(5 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage4 g(13 %)
Vitamin A0.1 mg(13 %)
Vitamin D0 μg(0 %)
Vitamin E3.7 mg(31 %)
Vitamin B₁0.2 mg(20 %)
Vitamin B₂0.5 mg(45 %)
Niacin2.8 mg(23 %)
Vitamin B₆1.4 mg(100 %)
Folate42 μg(14 %)
Pantothenic acid2.3 mg(38 %)
Biotin9.6 μg(21 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0.5 μg(17 %)
Vitamin C15 mg(16 %)
Potassium862 mg(22 %)
Calcium117 mg(12 %)
Magnesium84 mg(28 %)
Iron2.9 mg(19 %)
Iodine29 μg(15 %)
Zinc2.9 mg(36 %)
Saturated fatty acids8 g
Uric acid406 mg
Cholesterol214 mg
Development of this recipe:


1 chicken
1 teaspoon Coriander
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon ground paprika (sweet)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion (about 18 ounces)
3 garlic
1 red chile pepper
1 pinch Saffron (0.1 grams)
3 bay leaves
1 ½ pints Chicken broth
1 ounce unpeeled almonds
1 bunch parsley
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Kitchen utensils

1 Skillet, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Cutting board, 1 heavy Large knife, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Dutch oven (with lid), 1 optional Mortar, 1 Wooden spoon, 1 possibly Poultry shears

Preparation steps

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 1

Using a knife, separate chicken wings from breasts.

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 2

Separate the wings from drumettes using a knife to cut the center of the joint.

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 3

Separate the breast bone with a heavy knife or poultry shears from the back and cut into 4 parts. Rinse chicken pieces with cold water and pat dry.

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 4

Use a mortar or the handle of a heavy knife to crush coriander seeds.  In a small bowl, mix crushed coriander with cumin, cinnamon, allspice, paprika and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Thoroughly coat chicken pieces with the mixture and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 60 minutes.

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 5

Peel onion and cut into thick wedges. Peel and finely chop garlic.

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 6

Rinse chile pepper, pat dry, remove stem, cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds.  If necessary, rinse again. Dice finely.

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 7

Heat the remaining olive oil in a Dutch oven. Season chicken pieces with salt and fry over medium heat until golden brown on all sides, for 5-6 minutes.

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 8

Remove chicken pieces. Add onion and garlic to the same pan and cook for 4-5 minutes over medium heat in the chicken drippings. Place chicken pieces back into Dutch oven. Add the chile pepper, saffron and bay leaves.

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 9

Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Then reduce to medium heat and simmer for about 40 minutes with lid slightly ajar.

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 10

Meanwhile, chop the almonds coarsely and toast lightly in a dry pan. Add to the chicken pieces and cook for another 10-15 minutes.

North African Braised Chicken preparation step 11

Rinse parsley, shake dry and chop the leaves finely. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.