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Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds, Apricots, and Cauliflower

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Rather than serve this tender chicken marinated in almond butter, cumin, coriander, and ginger with couscous, here the chicken is served with finely diced cauliflower that is studded with dried cherries for sweetness and tossed with fresh herbs, like cilantro and basil. — Angela Carlos, Cook Editor at The Daily Meal

This recipe was created by Danielle Walker of Against All Grain for the Almond Board of California.


To toast almonds, spread them in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. 


For the chicken:

  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skins removed
  • Salt and pepper, to season the chicken
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted natural almond butter
  • 6 Ounces unsweetened dried apricots
  • 1 Pound baby carrots

For the cauliflower "couscous":

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 Cups yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened dried cherries
  • 1/4 Cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 Cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Zest of a lemon

For the garnish:

  • 1/4 Cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 Cup fresh cilantro


For the chicken:

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper then add half of the chicken to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Transfer the chicken to a slow cooker and repeat with remaining chicken.

Return the pot to the stove and add onion and garlic and sauté for three minutes or until tender. Add the ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper and sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Stir in chicken stock and almond butter, scraping pot to loosen any browned bits. Pour contents of pot over chicken into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for five hours.

Add the apricots and baby carrots to the slow cooker, cover and cook an additional hour.

For the cauliflower "couscous":

Meanwhile, prepare the cauliflower "couscous". Grate cauliflower by running the florets through a food processor with a grating attachment or use a box grater to create rice-like pieces. Pick out any large fragments that didn’t get shredded and save for another use. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions and garlic for 2 minutes, then add the cauliflower, salt and pepper. Sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender. Stir in the cherries, basil, cilantro and lemon zest. 

For the garnish:

Garnish the chicken with toasted, sliced almonds and fresh cilantro. Serve over cauliflower "couscous".