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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Thighs {easy weeknight meal}

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

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

You all know I’m 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 when you get home is to 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 the Moroccan chicken thighs with your favorite gluten-free grain like rice, quinoa, or cauliflower rice.

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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Thighs

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken Thighs

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 25 minutes

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!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves 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 medium-sized butternut squash, peeled and diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • Instead of couscous, you could serve this with quinoa, rice, or even cauliflower rice.
  • To reduce sodium, you could use low sodium chicken broth, or no salt added broth.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 thighs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 841 Total Fat: 44g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 32g Cholesterol: 334mg Sodium: 822mg Carbohydrates: 50g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 68g
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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.

 

Disclaimer: I am in an ongoing paid partnership with Just BARE Chicken but all thoughts are my own, as always.