North African Chicken Stew

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North African Chicken Stew
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1 hr 20 min.

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This is an incredibely low-fat and high-protein dish, making it a great option if you're on a diet.

This delicious, fragrant dish just deepens in flavor when kept in the refrigerator for a day or two.


1 chicken (jointed into 8 pieces)
2 tsps Turmeric
1 tsp dried chili peppers (crushed)
1 tsp Ginger powder
2 Cardamom (lightly crushed)
2 pinches Saffron
½ cup olive oil
1 sprig parsley
4 Tbsps vegetable oil
2 large onions (finely sliced)
2 cloves garlic cloves (chopped)
2 cups canned Tomatoes (chopped)
fresh ginger (peeled and chopped)
cup black Olives
2 Tbsps chopped cilantro
2 preserved lemons (cut into wedges)
cilantro (to garnish)
freshly ground peppers
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Preparation steps

Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and add the turmeric, dried chillies, ground ginger, cardamom pods and 1 pinch saffron threads. Add the olive oil and parsley, mix well and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and strain the marinade through a fine sieve into a large pan. Heat until smoking then turn the heat down and gently cook the chicken pieces until they are browned all over and nearly cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and keep warm.
Discard the oil from the pan and wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper. Heat the vegetable oil then gently cook the onions until soft but not brown, Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
Add the tomatoes and remaining saffron threads then add the chopped garlic and bring to a simmer. Cook very gently, stirring from time to time, until the onions are very tender then return the chicken pieces to the pan and cook for a further 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Add the olives and chopped coriander and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with the preserved lemons and coriander sprig.