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Moroccan Chicken

Moroccan Chicken

While thinking about what to make for dinner tonight on this sunny and crisp Fall day, I thought this would be a good time to share one of my favourite Fall Flavours recipes. So grab a cozy sweater, put on the kettle and enjoy this yummy recipe (given to me by my sister Chelsea Peddle, flavour creator extraordinaire!)

Feel free to share your favourite Fall flavour recipes too!

Moroccan Chicken

1 medium onion chopped
5 cloves of garlic minced
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 can no salt added tomatoes
1 can chickpeas (rinsed)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup quinoa or brown rice
2 organic chicken breasts (cubed) or 4 boneless thighs
spice mix: 3/4 tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom, 1/4 tsp ground cloves
Garnish: 1/4 cup fresh cilantro or parsley
Alternate Garnish: mix 1 cup of plain low fat yogurt with 1/4 finely diced cucumber (my favourite!)
Instructions: Brown chicken in 1 tbsp olive oil and set aside.  Brown onions and garlic in 1 tbsp olive oil until soft, push to side of pan.  In last tbsp of olive oil, fry the spice mix for approximately 5 seconds. Add the vegetables and saute until soft (approximately 15mins).  Add the cooked chicken, can of tomatoes, chickpeas and lemon juice.  Simmer for another 15mins.  Serve over quinoa/brown rice and garnish with a healthy sprinkle of cilantro/parsley or with 1 tbsp of yogurt garnish.
Health info:
Onions contain compounds such as quercetin that can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and prostaglandin A1 that can help to lower blood pressure. Quercetin also has anti-allergic properties by helping to stabilize mast cells and reduce the release of histamine which is responsible for the symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as runny nose, itchy eyes or wheezing.
Garlic has so many incredible health benefits. It has great antiviral and antimicrobial properties making it an ideal addition to your diet when you have a cold or flu. It is a great heart health protector and can help to lower cholesterol and thin blood to help prevent clots.
Cloves aid digestion, help reduce gas, and preparations can be used topically for toothaches and sore throat. Cinnamon is warming, aids digestion and helps stabilize blood sugar. And it’s tasty!