We use a slow cooker with a browning option to crisp the chicken skin for this Moroccan-flavored dish. The stew is great on its own but couscous would be an easy and fitting side dish.
- 8 bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds total)
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
- 2 pounds carrots, cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
- 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted (optional)
- Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a 5–to 6-quart slow cooker with a browning option, brown chicken in oil; transfer to a plate. (If your slow cooker doesn’t have a browning option, just remove skin from the chicken.) Add carrots, garlic, cinnamon stick, and cumin to pot. Place chicken on top. Cover and cook on high until chicken is cooked through, 4 hours (or 8 hours on low), adding raisins 15 minutes before done.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken and carrots to a serving dish (remove cinnamon stick); top with cilantro and almonds. Season cooking liquid with salt and pepper. Spoon over chicken before serving.
Reprinted from One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More. Copyright © 2014 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Christina Holmes. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.