Have you pulled out your slow cooker recently? I have a few go-to recipes when I’m in the mood for something different, and this slow cooker Moroccan chicken tagine recipe is one of them.
As a single girl, I like easy to make recipes that are healthy and provide me with a little variety. I tend to get boring with preparing my meals when I’m super focused on my health and losing weight. So this chicken thigh recipe is something I pull out when I want a set it and forget it dinner.
Moroccan chicken tagine usually served over couscous, can be modified for a low carb diet by swapping with seasoned cauliflower rice.
The Benefits of Cooking with a Slow Cooker
There are several great benefits of cooking with a slow cooker. The most significant advantage is time. You dump all the ingredients into one slow cooker pot and leave it, which frees up your kitchen stove for other things.
Slow cookers are incredibly convenient kitchen appliances as you can prepare your ingredients, drop them in the slow cooker, and then forget about it for several hours. Not having to watch your meal or spend time as it cooks allows you to multitask and go about your day.
Tender, Juicy and Flavour Infusion:
Slow cooking chicken results in incredibly tender and juicy meat. The low, consistent heat and long cooking time allows the chicken to absorb and retain the flavors of the seasonings and other ingredients.
You can prepare a wide variety of chicken dishes in a slow cooker, from soups and stews to curries and shredded chicken for tacos or sandwiches. The versatility of slow cooker chicken means you can adapt it to your taste preferences and dietary needs.
Slow cooking is a gentle method that retains more nutrients in the food compared to higher-heat cooking methods.
Slow cooker recipes are often minimal in terms of active preparation time. You can quickly assemble the ingredients in the morning or the night before and have a hot, ready-to-eat meal when you return home from work. If you are like me then you’ll set it in the morning and keep checking it on work from home days. But once the day is over…dinner is done!
Feeds a Crowd and Great for Meal Prep:
Slow cooker chicken dishes are perfect for gatherings and parties. You can easily scale up recipes to feed a large group or to for your meal prepping. Food can be portioned, stored in the fridge or freezer for reheating.
Chicken is a relatively inexpensive protein source, and slow cooking can transform affordable cuts of meat into delicious and satisfying meals.
Using a slow cooker typically involves fewer pots and pans, as most of the cooking takes place in the same appliance. This results in less cleanup and saves time in the kitchen.
Slow Cooker Buying Guide
When purchasing your slow cooker, there are many things to consider.
Size and Shape: The first is the size of the pot and how much storage and counter space it will take. Some slow cookers are more massive and oval, others more compact and round.
Material Construction and Heating Method: Avoid crocks that sit on an element vs those that fit inside a base. Those with a ceramic or porcelain insert into a metal cooking unit will cook more evenly and don’t require stirring the food to prevent scorching.
Easy to Make Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Tagine
I usually use chicken thighs for this slow cooker Moroccan spiced chicken thighs recipe. They need a quick simmer in a pan, and then the slow cooker handles the rest.
I like to pan-fry the diced tomatoes, chickpeas and onions together with the spices for a few minutes before pouring them over top of the chicken thighs in the slow cooker.
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Moroccan spiced chicken thighs Deep Frying Pan Method
If you don’t have a slow cooker, cook the chicken thighs in the vegetable mixture in a deep frying pan with a lid. Cook until the thighs are cooked through approximately 25 – 30 minutes.
Enjoy the exotic flavours of cinnamon and cumin in this slow cooker Moroccan chicken tagine recipe.
- 1 Package Chicken Thighs
- 1 Onion Chopped
- 1 TBSP Oil
- Ginger Root
- 3/4 tsp Cumin
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 3 TBSP Fig Balsamic Vinegar or Salad Dressing
- Large Can Diced Tomato
- 1 Can Chickpeas (rinsed)
- 1-2 Zucchini
- Simmer chicken thighs in oil (5 min)
- Add diced onions to chicken
- Add Cumin, cinnamon ginger root and balsamic vinegar.
- Remove thighs and arrange them in the slow cooker.
- Use the same pan and add Tomatoes, chickpeas, zucchini and mix together.
- For the slow cooker method, pour veggies over top of chicken in the slow cooker.
- For pan method cover and cook for 25-30 minutes until chicken is fully cooked through.
- Serve over couscous or cauliflower rice.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 10g
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