This week we are taking a trip to Morocco to try a sweet and savory dish from the Moroccan Jewish community: Chicken with dates. This delicious chicken recipe is often served for Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) as the ingredients hold many symbolic connections: dates in Hebrew are tamarim, a play on the word yitamu (“may your enemies be”) destroyed. Honey is also consumed as people pray for a “good sweet year”.
Morocco is located on the African continent and it borders Algeria and Western Sahara. A flight to Morocco takes about 4-hours from the UK and about 15 hours from New York.
Chicken with Dates
6 chicken quarters
4 tbsp sunflower oil
2 large onions, roughly chopped
2 tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp mace
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste
250g dates pitted
Juice of ½ lemon
Pinch of saffron
100g blanched almonds, toasted
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- Heat the sunflower oil in a large pan and sauté the chicken pieces until lightly colored, turning them over once. Remove them and set them aside
- Add the onions to the pan and cook on low until soft, stirring occasionally.
- Add the cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and honey, pour 400ml of water. Stir well.
- Return the chicken pieces to the pan and bring to boil. Add salt and pepper to taste and then lower the heat and cook for 25 minutes.
- Add the dates, lemon juice and saffron and cook for another 5-10 minutes.
- Serve with almonds sprinkled on top
Little Fingers Can
Due to the nature of the recipe, it is best suited for children 7+. They can help with every step under adult supervision.
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