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Spice Route Chicken

Spice Route Chicken 4.000
Dec 21, 2005

The aromatic combination of coriander, cumin and cinnamon lends an Eastern Mediterranean flavor to this dish. Serve with sauteed or steamed spinach.

Servings: 4
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2/3 cup Roma tomatoes (1 to 2 tomatoes)
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons seedless golden raisins
  • 6 pitted and coarsely chopped Kalamata olives


In a Dutch oven or large nonstick pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper to taste and brown on all sides, about 3 minutes (you may have to do this in batches). Transfer the chicken to a small bowl, and drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pot.

Return the pot to the stove and reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion, bell peppers and garlic and cook until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the coriander, cumin, cinnamon and bay leaf and stir for 1 minute.

Return the chicken to the pot, adding the tomatoes and broth at the same time. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, soak the raisins in 1/4 cup warm water. Drain, add the plumped raisins and the olives to the pot and continue cooking, covered, for 5 minutes. Adjust the seasonings to taste. Discard the bay leaf.

Transfer the chicken with a slotted spoon to individual plates, then spoon some sauce over it.

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Adapted from "Against the Grain," by Diane Kochilas (Harper Collins, 2005).

Tested by Marcia Kramer.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (with low-sodium broth): 180

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 8g 12%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 80mg 27%

Sodium: 143mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates: 6g 2%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 20g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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