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Roast Chicken Breast and Potatoes with Harissa

September 13, 2016
  • 2 split chicken breast with skin on

Marinade

  • ½ cup full fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 to 5 small new potatoes, peeled and cut in half

Mix all the marinade ingredients in a small bowl, mix well and marinate the chicken with most of the marinade- save 2 tablespoons for the potatoes. Marinate the chicken for at least 2 to 3 hours.

Place the chicken pieces into an oven proof tray. Sprinkle some extra salt under the skin of the chicken pieces. Poke the skin with a fork. Add the potatoes and mix the remaining marinade, mix well and roast in oven on a 325 degrees F for 40 minutes. Brown the chicken and potatoes under the broiler at the very end… it makes the skin super crispy. Take the chicken out of the pan and let it sit for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with the potatoes and the roasted asparagus.

  • 2 bunches asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt

Transfer the asparagus to a cookie sheet. Add the oil and salt. Mix well and roast in a 400 degree F oven for 20 minutes.

Moroccan Style Chicken with Vegetable Couscous

March 23, 2016

I love, love harissa- it is a Moroccan style sauce with lots of flavor including some spice and sweet red peppers. It is a great way to infuse loads of flavor if roasting or grilling meats, poultry or seafood…

  • 4 to 6 chicken thighs, bone in with skin on
  • 2 tablespoons harissa
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 preserved lemon, chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix the harissa, oil, preserved lemon and salt in a small bowl and marinate the chicken with the mixture for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped into 1 inch squares
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped into 1 inch squares
  • Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Heat a large frying pan with the butter and olive oil. Brown the chicken pieces on high heat with skin side down- approximately 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Take the chicken out and add the chopped vegetables and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix well and turn the heat off. Place the chicken pieces on top of the vegetables and roast in oven for 30 to 35 minutes or till chicken is cooked through. Take the chicken pieces out onto a platter and cover to keep warm. Take the vegetables out and chop roughly and keep aside. Take all the liquid out of the frying pan and separate the fat and keep aside. Use the remaining liquid for the chicken before serving- it’s full of yummy flavor!

Couscous

  • 2 remaining fat from the frying pan
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat couscous
  • Salt
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped

Reheat the same frying pan with the fat and olive oil. Add the chopped vegetables and the harissa. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the broth and a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil and add the couscous. Cover with lid and turn heat off and let the pan sit for 10 minutes. Take lid off and fluff couscous with fork. Garnish with cilantro and mint. Serve warm with chicken on top and a drizzle of the chicken liquid!

 

Bulgur Pilaf with Red Pepper and Eggplant

July 14, 2015

This is a perfect accompaniment for the kebabs from yesterday’s post. I added delicious red pepper and eggplant to the grain and included harissa which is a Moroccan spicy condiment. It was a delicious dish!

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon harissa
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 1 small eggplant, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1½ cups bulgur wheat, washed and drained
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint

Heat a large saucepan with the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat. Add the harissa and tomato paste. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes.  Add the red pepper, eggplant and jalapeno. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, mix well and simmer on a medium low heat, covered for about 5 minutes. Take the lid off and add the bulgur and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the hot water, bring to a boil and simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the bulgur rest for 20 minutes. Take the lid off, fluff with a fork. Add salt and dried mint. Check for seasonings. Serve warm.

Moroccan Style Carrot and Orange Salad with Harissa Dressing

June 15, 2015

This is a great carrot salad to complement yesterdays’ stew or any other entree.. in fact, it will delicious with any grilled meats/seafood! I have buying the most gorgeous looking multi colored organic carrots from Trader Joes but any kind of carrots will do, in face you can buy the pack of already shredded carrots to keep things simple. Either way, this is a yummy salad!

  • 4 to 5 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 3 to 4 navel oranges, cut into segments and squeeze the juice and keep aside for dressing
  • 4 green onions, chopped

Transfer all the ingredients to a serving bowl. Keep aside.

Dressing

  • ½ cup orange juice
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds, crushed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Transfer all the ingredients to an airtight container. Mix well with the lid on. Taste for seasonings. Pour half of the dressing onto the salad, mix well and add some salt to adjust seasonings. Pour more dressing if needed. Let the salad sit for at least an hour in the fridge before serving.

Moroccan Style Vegetable Stew with Olive Gremolata

June 14, 2015

This is a great vegetarian stew to make for company or through the week- and a great recipe to post for meatless Monday!! It does have a whole lot of ingredients but most of them are very common and are usually in a pantry. Harissa is a Moroccan style condiment that is made with red peppers and can have some heat as well… it is commonly found in super markets…

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 large yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 14 ounces can of tomatoes (I used fire roasted with green chilies)
  • 1 cauliflower head, cut into small florets
  • 1 14 ounces can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 to 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • Salt

Heat a large saucepan with the olive oil. Add the onion and cook on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cinnamon, coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper. Saute for 2 minutes on medium heat. Add the garlic and dates and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the harissa paste, tomato paste and flour. Saute for another 2 minutes. Add the carrots and pepper. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, cauliflower and chickpeas. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes and add the water or broth. Bring to a boil and add 2 teaspoons salt. Lower the heat and cover with lid and cook for 20 minutes. Take the lid off and continue cooking till the consistency is of a thick stew. Check for seasonings and keep aside.

Gremolata

  • ½ cup green olives, chopped (I used olives stuffed with garlic)
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup golden raisins, chopped
  • Zest of one large lemon

Mix the olives, parsley, raisins and lemon zest in a small bowl. Top the stew and serve.

 

Carrot Orange and Avocado Salad

April 15, 2015

This was a yummy salad indeed- a bit different as it has carrots, oranges and avocado.. well, why not?? I always associate a carrot orange salad when I have Moroccan food- so I decided to add avocado to the mix and it was yum!!

  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 navel oranges, cut into segments
  • 1 avocado, cut in 1 inch dice
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup mint, chopped
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon salt

Add the carrots, orange segments and avocado into a medium bowl. Add the cilantro, green onions, mint, lemon juice, honey, oil and salt. Mix well and let the salad sit for 20 minutes before serving.

Roasted Pepper and Tomato Brown Rice

April 14, 2015

This was a yummy rice to serve with the chicken… healthy and delicious. It is made with brown rice but no one knew!!

  • 1 cup roasted red/yellow peppers, freshly roasted or jarred
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, homemade or store bought
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Transfer all the ingredients to a blender and blend till a smooth sauce is formed.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups brown rice
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup mint, chopped

Heat a wide saucepan with the oil and add the pepper sauce. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the rice and salt and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and partially cover with lid. Cook for 20 minutes and then cover with lid and cook on very low for another 20 minutes or till rice is cooked through. Take lid off and check for seasonings. Add the cilantro, green onions and mint. Mix well and serve warm.