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Moroccan Chicken Thighs

My husband and I love Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. This recipe is very flavorful, so it's quickly become one of our favorites. —Susan Mills, Three Rivers, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • SAUCE:
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 4 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons slivered almonds, toasted


  • In a small bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. Set aside 1 teaspoon spice mixture; add flour to remaining mixture and sprinkle over chicken.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, brown chicken in oil on both sides. Remove and keep warm. Add shallots to the pan; cook and stir over medium heat for 3 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup broth and dates. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; return chicken to the pan.
  • Cover and simmer until chicken juices run clear, 20-25 minutes. Remove chicken and keep warm. Combine flour with reserved 1 teaspoon spice mixture and remaining 2 tablespoons broth until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro.
  • For couscous, in a small saucepan, bring the water, broth, salt and cumin to a boil. Stir in couscous. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand until water is absorbed, 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then stir in almonds. Serve with chicken and sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 644 calories, 24g fat (6g saturated fat), 174mg cholesterol, 685mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 4g fiber), 57g protein.
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  • NH-rescue
    Jan 31, 2021

    I don't often use dates in my cooking, but this spicy, exotic dish is something I will make again and again. The whole family liked the taste, and it was easy to double - or triple - to feed a family. I used boneless thighs (because they were on sale) and that made it easier to expand the recipe. The couscous can be made without the toasted almonds, but they added a nice touch.

  • dublinlab
    Oct 15, 2020

    The house smelled amazing. It seemed like a lot of ingredience but all things l have on hand. The second time making it was much quicker. This is a go to recipe. Janet VFE

  • lshaw
    Sep 23, 2020

    This recipe provided some "exotic" notes to the chicken thighs. Our family tends to like Mediterranean-Middle East dishes, so I gave it a try. Everyone gave a thumbs-up! I will NOT be increasing the spice mixture as some other reviewers stated--I think the spice amounts were quite adequate as is. At least try the spice amounts as written before adjusting for subsequent renditions; otherwise, you might think the flavors to be overwhelming. I made as written and will not be making any changes.

  • ReneeMurby
    Jul 31, 2020

    Excellent. The spice blend has a heavenly aroma as the chicken cooks. I doubled up on broth to have more gravy. I added sliced mushrooms to the couscous. Great dish!

  • kendralowry
    Jul 29, 2020

    My family and I loved this recipe! I didn't have any dates so I substituted chopped raisins which worked beautifully. Next time I will increase the spices (we like a more bold flavor) and use boneless thighs instead of bone-in.

  • Gracie
    Feb 11, 2020

    I double my spices on this recipe and up the amount of chicken broth and flour to make more sauce, the sauce and spices are so flavorful, sometimes I’ll skip the chick and bake some butternut squash, use vegetable broth instead of chicken and make it vegetarian, it’s just as good. This is a go to recipe for me it’s delicious.

  • ConnieK
    Oct 11, 2013

    I bought a case of couscous and was looking for recipes to make it. Found this and am so glad I did. This is incredible, so flavorful. Recipe sound complicate with a lengthy ingredient list but it is not complicated at all and most of the ingredients are items I usually have on hand. Will definitely be making this again, soon. Thanks for sharing.

  • gourmetwanttabe
    Aug 23, 2013

    awesome flavor

  • Beanski
    Apr 9, 2013

    This is a winner! I don't normally do anything fancy on a school night, but this was a snap. I tripled the recipe, put the chicken in a baking dish in a 200 degree oven to keep warm while I cooked the onions (didn't have shallots). I love dates, but only had dried apricots and they tasted great. Next time I will double the sauce too! Really great recipe!

  • truejoie
    Nov 3, 2012

    This was really yummy, I have to agree the sauce was so good. I loved the dates with it as well. I don't think I will make it often though because it is a bit lengthy.