Spicy chicken thighs & dates

Spicy chicken thighs & dates

by Liz O'Keefe |
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Exotic and luxurious, dates add softness and texture to this delicious chicken recipe

Serves 4

100g pitted dates

2 tbsp olive oil

8 chicken thighs, skin on

1 tsp ground cumin

1 onion, peeled and chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

1 tbsp root ginger, grated

1 tbsp paprika

400g tin tomatoes

1 cinnamon stick

250ml vegetable stock

zest and juice of 1 lemon

2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

crusty bread, to serve

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the chicken thighs. Sprinkle with the cumin, then fry, turning occasionally, for 6-7 mins until browned. Remove the chicken with tongs and place on a plate. Add the onion and garlic to the saucepan and sauté for 8-10 mins. In the meantime, place half of the dates in a food processor and blend until a puree.

Add the pureed dates and whole dates, ginger, paprika, tomatoes, cinnamon stick, vegetable stock and lemon zest and juice to the saucepan. Bring to the boil, then place the chicken thighs back in the pan. Simmer, covered, for 20-25 mins until the chicken is cooked through, and the sauce has thickened. Stir in the coriander and serve with crusty bread.

More date recipes are in the January 2023 issue of LandScape magazine, on sale here

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