A whisper of cacao adds an enticing element to this Moroccan-inspired one-pan dinner. It’s a great dish when entertaining or simply feeding a hungry family. Try serving with whole-grain couscous or freekeh. If harissa paste is not available for the marinade, you can replace it with paprika.
It’s not that chicken thighs contain more “juice” than breasts, but rather, when you cook them, they retain more moisture than breasts do, making them less prone to drying out. This chicken cut also contains a bit more fat than breasts, resulting in a more succulent mouthfeel.
Mix together orange juice, oil, ginger, cacao powder, harissa paste, lemon zest, cumin, turmeric, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt, and cinnamon in large flat container. Add chicken and let marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours, flipping chicken once.
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Add to 13 x 9 x 2 in (33 x 23 x 5 cm) baking dish, onion and carrots and top with chicken broth and remaining 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt. Sprinkle on dried apricots. Top vegetables with marinated chicken thighs and pistachios. Drizzle with marinade juices. Bake for 45 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 F (74 C).
Drain roasting pan juices into small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Divide vegetables and chicken among serving plates and drizzle on sauce. Garnish with parsley.
This recipe is part of the Dark Delights collection.
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
Spanish-inspired flavours of almond and orange and a good punch of protein make this pudding a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert. The tiniest amount of large-flake sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil help bring all the flavours together. Amp up the orange For some additional orange flavour, when cooking chickpeas from dry, add a few strips of orange zest to the cooking water. Tastier toast Take your toast to the next level by using this pudding as a satisfying spread.