My friend Bushra made this for a recent gathering and it was so flavorful and unique. Luckily it was also very easy to put together, and therefore it became SavvyChef blog worthy!
She cooks this either in a tagine or a regular pot. It is a GREAT dish for the slow cooker because it is supposed to simmer for a long time. As it simmers the sauce thickens and the flavors intensify.
If you're looking for a unique dish to try this is it! I'm not a huge fan of raisins but their texture changes as they cook and they are just so soft and yummy. I made this dish for a dinner party and my guests loved it! Because of the cinnamon flavor and the fact that it cooked in the slow cooker I felt like it was such a great dish to welcome the fall season!
This serves about 3-4 adults.
-1 pound chicken thighs or breast tenders
-1 large onion, chopped into strips
-1 tablespoon butter
-1 tablespoon cinnamon (or 1 cinnamon stick)
-1 tablespoon ginger powder (or 1 tablespoon fresh ginger)
-1 teaspoon turmeric
-1 pinch saffron
-1/2 cup honey
-1/2-3/4 cup black raisins (I also added golden raisins)
-2 cups water
-1/2 cup mixed nuts toasted in cinnamon (optional)
-Heat butter in skillet and cook onions until caramelized. Transfer to slow cooker and add chicken, cinnamon stick, ginger, turmeric, saffron, honey, raisins and water. Season lightly with salt.
-Cover and cook 5 hours on low or 2.5 hours on high.
-Serve with optional mixed nuts. These add a nice crunch! Eat with toasted bread or white rice.
**If cooking stovetop, reduce heat to medium low after carmelizing onions and allow chicken and sauce to simmer for 1 hour.**