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Chicken and Apricot Stew with Couscous

In this tagine-like stew, the apricots cook down to make a delicious coating for the meat and vegetables.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2003

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken legs and thighs (about 3 pounds)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds small ripe apricots (10 to 12), quartered and pitted
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 tablespoons honey, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. Add the chicken, and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons oil.

  2. Reduce heat to medium; add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Add garlic; saute briefly. Add apricots, cinnamon, saffron, ginger, coriander, 2/3 cup water, and 2 tablespoons honey; season with salt.

  3. Return chicken to skillet; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until chicken is cooked through and liquid is thickened, 45 to 50 minutes. (If sauce has not thickened, transfer chicken to a platter and place it into an oven preheated to 200 degrees to keep warm. Reduce sauce to desired consistency.) Add remaining 2 tablespoons honey and salt to taste. Pour over chicken on platter.

  4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring stock to a boil. Place couscous and butter in a medium bowl. Pour stock over couscous; cover with plastic wrap. Let stand until the couscous absorbs all the stock, about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and season with salt. Stir in almonds. Serve couscous with chicken, and garnish with sesame seeds.

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