Chicken with Saffron, Fruit & Nuts


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A chicken dish that is bursting with flavors … sweet and spicy at the same time.   You can use chicken pieces, which will give better flavour because of the bones, or chicken breasts.

Ingredients

4 chicken portions
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp cinnamon
Large pinch of Saffron Threads, crushed
50g whole almonds, preferably blanched
100g dried apricots, sliced thinly
25g raisins
600ml gluten free chicken stock
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Chilli Flakes (optional)
Freshly Chopped Parsley
Wild Rice Mix to Serve

Method

Heat the oil in a large casserole and fry the chicken pieces or breasts till golden.  Remove and add the onions and garlic.  Cook until softened but not browned.  Stir in the cinnamon and combine with the onions.

Put the chicken pieces back in and add the saffron, almonds, apricots, raisins, chilli flakes, if using and stock.  Heat until the stock is simmering.  Cover the casserole and cook for approximately 1 hour until the chicken is done (chicken juices run clear when the thickest part is pierced with a knife).  If the sauce is too liquid, mix a teaspoon of cornflour with water, add to the sauce and simmer for a few minutes to thicken.

Season, sprinkle with parsley and serve with boiled wild rice mix.

4 Responses to Chicken with Saffron, Fruit & Nuts

  1. Frances Vella says:

    looks delicious

  2. Melanie says:

    Looks very delicious 🙂 Is it a Maltese speciality?

    • jacqui says:

      No Melanie, but very Mediterranean. The Maltese Cuisine has many influences from other countries which we adopt in our dishes. Most Maltese dishes are very similar to Italian, British, Arabic and Tunisian dishes, obviously with a few changes here and there.

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