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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

30 Day Challenge- Day 2- African Chicken Stew

Lots of chopping (it's therapy!) and more than my usual list of ingredients. Try it anyway, it's full of great flavor and is a healthy, satisfying meal. Even if you're not sure about the veggies (cabbage, for one) or raisins, try it this way anyway...the vegetables blend together and no one flavor stands out. I think you'll like it.
1 zucchini, cut into large chunks
1 small eggplant, cut into chunks
1 can stewed tomatoes with juice
1/2 small head cabbage, sliced thinly
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp Mrs Dash salt free seasoning
1 tsp crushed fennel seed
1/2 tsp celery seed
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup raisins
1 Tbsp Cholula hot sauce, Chipotle (or whatever you favor)
6 Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 tsp xtra virgin olive oil
1 cup unbleached flour
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1 large white onion, thinly sliced

Heat oil in Dutch Oven and onions. Saute for 4 min, take out and set aside. Mix flour and cinnamon, coriander, cumin, salt and Mrs Dash and dredge chicken thighs in it. Add to hot oil, adding another tsp if necessary. Brown well on both sides (about 3 min per side.)
Take chicken out and add another tsp olive oil, add vegetables, tomatoes/juice, raisins, and beans. Add cumin, salt, pepper. Top with chicken and onions. Bring to a boil and cover. Lower heat to simmer over low heat for 30 min.
Tastes great served over couscous. I say this makes 6 servings but I could easily eat more!
Original recipe- one of those days where I had a little of this, a little of that...

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