This post is sponsored by Maple Leaf Prime. All opinions are 100% mine.
Cold. Dark. Dreary.
That’s how this winter has felt. The cold weather has been lingering (it was -27°C with the windchill again today) and spring still seems a long way off. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if I had a winter hobby like skiing or snowboarding, but I don’t, so the winter months are always a bit of a drag. Although we did have a spectacular ice storm back in December… (you can see a few photos in my Turkish Delight post).
The only way I can get through winter without being totally grumpy (ok, I’m still a little grumpy) is by eating something rich and warm. Hot chocolate works, of course, but when it comes to dinner my first choice is always my mom’s Moroccan-inspired chicken stew.
This dish combines dried fruit, spices and a hot chilli pepper to create a savoury-sweet stew that will warm you from the inside out.
This dish doesn’t take long to cook, making it a great weeknight dinner idea. Just remember to put the chicken to marinate the night before. Also, you might be tempted to skip the stove-top steps, but I don’t recommend it. Sautéing the onions and browning the chicken adds a lot of flavour to the dish.
I should also mention that this stew doesn’t have a lot of sauce because we didn’t add any broth. I like it this way, but if you prefer you could add a splash of chicken broth to the pan before you put it in the oven.
If you try this recipe, let me know how it turns out!
We used Maple Leaf Prime Chicken Thighs for this dish, and I was really happy with how they turned out. I noticed that these chicken thighs were more tender than the generic chicken we usually buy. It is more expensive, but if you can afford it I think it’s worth the price point. I am also a fan of the clean packaging.
Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Maple Leaf Prime. All opinions are my own.