Spiced Braised Chicken

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Spiced Braised ChickenI wasn’t feeling too good, so I wanted to make something that was heart-warming and soothing – but with a bit of a kick, to encourage my body to take in some goodness. Chicken always seems to tempt my tastebuds so I set about looking for a tomato based chicken recipe.

This ¬†dish combines, chicken, red onions, potatoes, cumin, coriander and saffron to give a wonderful tasty dish that’s easy to make at any time.

Spiced Braised Chicken

The chicken can be substituted with fish such as cod to make a braised fish curry (remember that you won’t need to cook the fish as long as the chicken – it should only take about 10 minutes from the time you add the fish to the sauce).

Spiced Braised Chicken
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Serves: 2
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion cut into slices
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 140g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 potatoes cubed into 1cm cubes (new potatoes are good to use - just cut in half or quarters)
  • 2 preserved lemons (optional) or just add a squeeze of lemon juice to taste
  • 300g chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley or coriander to serve
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan
  2. Fry the onions and garlic for approx 10 mins until softened and nicely caramelised
  3. Stir in the cumin, cinnamon and saffron threads for 2 mins
  4. Add the tomatoes, potatoes and 250ml water and bring to the boil
  5. Turn heat down and simmer for 20 mins or until potatoes are tender.
  6. Remove the flesh from the preserved lemons and chop the rind into small pieces and add to the dish.
  7. In a separate griddle pan or frying pan, gently fry the chicken in 2 tablespoons olive oil until slightly browned in both sides
  8. Remove from the pan and chop into bite size pieces and add to the curry.
  9. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with chopped parsley or coriander
  11. OR, if you prefer to use fish, add some bite sized pieces of cod to the recipe at stage 8 and simmer gently for 10 mins.

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2 comments on “Spiced Braised Chicken

  1. dalia

    This recipe is AMAZING!!!! I was so impressed how all the flavors came together so nicely.. it was a delicious meal! thank you so much for sharing it!

  2. Helen

    This WAS amazing!!! I agree with the other poster.. I made this tonite for me and my ‘date’, and he really liked it, as did I..!! The spices are what do it for me.. had to translate the grams noted in the recipe to US measurements, which was a little tricky, haha, but other than that, found it was a very doable recipe.. thank u for sharing!!


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