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Moroccan Chicken and Rice with Chickpeas

To make this on the stovetop, cover the pot after bringing the liquid to a boil and keep the mixture at a steady simmer over medium-low, 25 to 30 minutes. Try another variation of this go-to dinner: Spiced Yellow Rice with Chicken and Vegetables, Chicken with Rice, Broccoli, and Scallions, or Chicken and Rice with Corn and Sun-Dried Tomatoes.

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  • Servings: 4
Moroccan Chicken and Rice with Chickpeas

Source: Everyday Food, December 2010

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced medium
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 4 carrots, diced medium
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups sliced green beans (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 cup chickpeas (from a 15.5-ounce can), rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lower third. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid, heat oil over high. Cook chicken, skin side down, until golden and crisp, 6 minutes. Flip chicken and cook until browned, 6 minutes. Transfer to a large plate.

  2. Reduce heat to medium and add onion, garlic, and carrots to pot. Cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until onion is translucent, 4 minutes. Stir in paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and rice and cook 1 minute.

  3. Add green beans, chickpeas, and broth and season with salt and pepper. Arrange chicken, skin side up, on top of rice mixture. Bring to a boil, cover pot, and place in oven. Bake until chicken is cooked through and liquid is absorbed, 25 to 30 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note

Use a whole chicken for this one-pot meal, or buy a package of precut thighs or breasts.

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