Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Thighs {easy weeknight meal}

This is a sponsored post written by me, on behalf of Just BARE Chicken®.

Being busy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice great food. Try these Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Thighs that will cook all day while you’re busy doing other things. Best part is, it will probably be enough for two meals!

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken | RachelCooks.com

You all know I’m kind of a fan of easy to prepare meals. I’m also a fan of leftovers. I have a food blog, so it seems that there is nothing I would rather do than cook, right? Well sometimes, I’d rather sit on the couch and watch tv run around outside with my kids. So slow cooker meals and leftovers make me smile. So does Just BARE Chicken®. I was thrilled to continue my partnership with them and have the chance to create a recipe of my own (and you’ll be seeing more of them around here in the future).

I was also excited with the challenge of creating a quick meal for those busy weeknights that we all have during the fall. I strive for the majority of my recipes to be pretty easy to prepare, but this one is a cinch. My kids aren’t in school yet, but my husband is a school administrator. Fall is the busiest time of year for us. He does the scheduling at a very large high school so the first few weeks of school are chaotic. Add in football season and all the beginning of the year school events and we’re on the go a lot! This meal can be prepped the night before and cooked all day while you’re off doing fun things. The only thing left to do is make some couscous to serve with the chicken. That takes less than 10 minutes!

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What makes this even better yet is that there are plenty of leftovers! This gave us two nights of dinner as well as one lunch stuck in the freezer for my husband to take to work. I used two of the family packs of Just BARE Chicken® thighs.  These packages are so convenient with over 2 pounds of meat.

Oh and this recipe! It’s a winner. Flavorful, filling, colorful and perfect for fall. Tons of spices, lots of sweet butternut squash, and hearty chicken thighs. Everything about it is screaming cool-crisp air and falling leaves.

I should note that Ben isn’t really a fan of Indian food and curry. He took one bite of this and said, “What’s in this?”

My first thought? Honestly? “Oh crap.”

My answer? “Chicken….raisins….squash….and some spices.” Vague is the key here, people.

Ben’s reply is “Is it Indian?”

My response: “Umm…no…it does have some of the same flavors though.”

I fessed up eventually to what was actually in this, but he really did love it. Ate it two nights and is happy to take it in his lunch one more time.

Phew! Crisis averted. He also said that he would gladly eat it again.

 

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Make it Whole30 and Paleo:

Make these Moroccan Chicken Thigh Whole30 compliant by omitting the couscous (try it with cauliflower rice) and looking for Whole30-compliant raisins.

Make It Gluten-Free or Low-Carb:

Make these Gluten-Free by serving with your favorite gluten-free grain like rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice.

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Thighs

Being busy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice great food. Try these Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Thighs that will cook all day while you’re busy doing other things. Best part is, it will probably be enough for two meals!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 Just BARE Chicken Thighs (2 family packs), skin removed
  • one butternut squash, peeled and diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup of golden raisins
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium or salt-free chicken broth
  • two 10 ounce boxes of couscous, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, to garnish
  • 1/4 cup toasted almond slices, to garnish

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together olive oil, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  2. Put chicken thighs into a large slow cooker and rub spice/oil mixture all over chicken thighs.
  3. Add squash, raisins and chicken broth on top of chicken. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve chicken mixture over couscous and garnished with fresh herbs and toasted almond slices.
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Verdict: Loved this meal and will definitely make it again. Felt good to step a little outside of our comfort zone.
Husband’s take: Already covered it, but he said he’d eat it again. Yay! E picked at it…but ate a little of everything.
Changes I would make: None are necessary. Feel free to use breasts instead of thighs if white meat is your thing.
Difficulty: Easy! If you want to make it really easy on yourself, buy your butternut squash already peeled and diced.

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55 comments

  1. I have made this dish multiple times, and keep coming back. It is easy, full of flavor, and healthy! I use breasts instead of thighs (personal preference), and sweet potato instead of squash (again, preference), and it is still a winner. Off to make it again tonight!

    Rating: 5
  2. I made this last night for the first time and it was DELICIOUS. The raisins bring a little sweetness and the spices blend beautifully. It was my 92 y.o. mother’s first taste of a Morroccan dish and she loved it. Will definitely make it again. It was very simple to put together. Thanks for posting!

    • Thank you for taking the time to come back and share your experience with this recipe! I’m so happy you all loved it, especially your mother — how special!

  3. Definitely trying this soon! Looks SO flavorful.

  4. This looks 100% wonderful! I want a plate full tonight!

  5. Those seasonings sound good!

  6. What a marvelous new idea for all the chicken in my freezer! And the slow cooker makes cooking it a breeze!!!

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  14. Can you use boneless chicken thighs in the Moroccan chicken?

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  16. I would love to make this with chicken breast! About how many pounds of chicken did you use? Looks delicious!!!!

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  21. I used diced pumpkin that I had from last fall.. Was wonderful.

  22. Would frozen butternut squash work in this recipe?

  23. Rachel, can you cook this on high for 5-6 hours instead?

  24. I made this today. It was super easy to make, and it made the house smell so nice. My husband really enjoyed it! Next time I will add just a little less cinnamon and a little more stock. And serve it with pitas. Thanks for the recipe!

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  26. Yuummmmm!! I made this yesterday, as written with the exception that I reduced the cinnamon down to two teaspoons. It was absolutely LOVELY. The house smelled like heaven while it was cooking, for sure! And it was so full of good autumn flavor. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  27. Those these flavors! It looks awesome Rachel.

  28. This is a little outside of our comfort zone too, but I think we’d like the flavors. I’ll try anything in the slow cooker.

  29. sounds yummy and easy

  30. This totally something my family would love for dinner!

  31. Wow! Now this is one mega mouthwatering meal. I love that it’s an all-in-one meal and so easy!

  32. I love these Moroccan flavors. Mouth is watering!

  33. This sounds delish! And I love, love, LOVE the idea of coming home to dinner already being done. Woot!

  34. I love easy slow cooker dinners and these flavors are perfect for the fall!

  35. Just love all of those ingredients. And it screams Fall!

  36. I’m all over this dinner! Love all the great flavors happening in this dish!

  37. I love these flavors!! And easy slow cooker meals really are great for this time of year – especially when they will feed the family more than one night :)

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