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Freakin’ Delicious and Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

gluten-free-chicken-585I am in LOVE with my slow cooker. And, my fellow fit foodies, this recipe for Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds, Apricots and Cauliflower Couscous from best-selling cookbook author and blogger Danielle Walker from Against All Grain is totally clean, dairy- and gluten-free, and way delicious. I know I’ve been hard on recipes that make you cook before you slow-cook, but in this case, I can guarantee that it’s absolutely worth the extra step. (Plus, if you invest in a slow cooker like this one that I have, it makes it way easy!) So full of flavor, put this on your must-make list of recipes!

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Chopped Almonds, Apricots and Cauliflower Couscous
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Moroccan
Serves: 6
Dairy-free and gluten-free, but you'd never know it. This Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken is seriously fantastic.
  • For the Chicken
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skins removed
  • Salt and pepper (to initially season the chicken)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • ½ cup unsalted chicken stock
  • ¼ cup unsalted natural almond butter
  • 6 ounces unsweetened dried apricots
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • For the Cauliflower Couscous
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened dried cherries
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • For the Garnish
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken generously with salt and pepper then add half of the chicken to the pot. Cook for 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Transfer the chicken to a slow cooker and repeat with remaining chicken.
  2. Return the pot to the stove and add onion and garlic and sauté for three minutes or until tender. Add the ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper, and sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Stir in chicken stock and almond butter, scraping pot to loosen any browned bits. Pour contents of pot over chicken into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for five hours.
  4. Add the apricots and baby carrots to the slow cooker, cover and cook an additional hour.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the cauliflower couscous. Rice cauliflower by running the florets through a food processor with a grating attachment or use a box grater to create rice-like pieces. Pick out any large fragments that didn’t get shredded and save for another use. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions and garlic for 2 minutes, then add the cauliflower, salt and pepper. Sauté for 8 to 10 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender. Stir in the cherries, basil, cilantro and lemon zest.
  6. Garnish the chicken with toasted, sliced almonds and fresh cilantro. Serve over cauliflower couscous.
To toast almonds, spread them in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 5 minutes.

On nights when I don’t have time to make the cauliflower couscous, I just serve the chicken over TJ’s brown rice that you cook in the microwave. Easy!
What’s your favorite slow-cooker recipe? I’m OBSESSED with apricots right now, so this one is up there for me!Jenn

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