Barb Boose Publications Director, Marketing and Communications January 27, 2012Friday recipe: Moroccan chicken stew It chagrins me that I missed several of January’s colorful holidays, including those celebrating stellar foods: January 6 is Bean Day; January 19, National Popcorn Day; January 22, National Blonde Brownie Day; and – especially close to my Iowa heart – January 24, Eskimo Pie Patent Day, in honor of schoolteacher/candy store owner Christian Kent Nelson, who invented that tasty chocolate-and-ice-cream concoction in 1920 in Onawa, Iowa. Today, incidentally, is Punch the Clock Day and Thomas Crapper Day, the latter in honor of the man who invented the flush toilet.While I recommend you take a pass on blonde brownies and Eskimo pies, I invite you to join my belated celebration of Hot and Spicy Food International Day (which was January 16 – who knew?) with this soul-warming stew, perfect for wintry days and bored taste buds. We missed it: January 22 was National Answer Your Cat's Question Day.Moroccan chicken stew1 1/2 pounds butternut squash or sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped, or one can diced tomatoes1 medium onion, chopped4 cloves garlic, crushed1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained1 cup chicken broth1/3 cup raisins2 teaspoons ground coriander2 teaspoons ground cumin1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon black pepper1 teaspoon paprika1 teaspoon chili pepper (optional)3 pounds bone-in skinless chicken thighs10 ounces quinoa1/2 cup pitted green olivesIn 6-quart crockpot, combine squash, tomatoes, onion, garlic, beans, broth and raisins. In a cup, combine coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, black pepper, paprika and chili pepper. Rub spice mixture all over chicken thighs; place chicken on top of vegetable mixture. Cover crockpot with lid and cook on low 8 hours or on high 4 hours.About 20 minutes before stew is done, prepare quinoa according to package directions. Stir olives into crockpot; serve stew over quinoa. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.