Moroccan Chicken (For The Win!)

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If someone was to ask me what my greatest passion was, I couldn’t just answer with one. In no particular order, my passions are as follows.

  • Family
  • Food in general
  • Really delicious food
  • Friends
  • Catching up with family and friends
  • Outstanding food

So in a way I am lucky that most occasions where I do catch up with family and friends, it involves food. I constantly think about what I want to eat. I scour the web looking at things to try, and coming up with occasions to take some time out and enjoy a solid meal with good company.

You know the drill? Long lunches; good food, lovely wine and brilliant company. Of course there are those times when you cannot avoid eating a vegemite sanger over the sink because you have no time to make something delicious for lunch because you are running late for the dentist. But these holidays, together with Steggles, I want to remind you to slow down a little bit, and spend some quality time with your family.

As a kid, growing up, our meal times were sacred. No matter how time-poor Mum was, she always whipped up something simple and delicious. We had to all eat together, and the table was “set” each time. Everyone had a proper cloth napkin in a napkin ring that bore his or her own name.

Salt and pepper where in the middle of the table, often accompanied by a small posy of garden flowers. The biggest crime that you could commit if you were the assigned table-setting person?

The tomato sauce bottle on the table.

This was a trigger of my mothers. If the meal required sauce, it was to be decanted into a little jug before being placed on the table. Same with all condiments, now that I think about it…

And heaven forbid if the television was left on!

It was quality time spent together, and I have so many fond memories of it, including the time that one of my siblings was caught trying to flush his carrots down the loo!

With Christmas done and dusted, that doesn’t mean the silly season is over! Far from it in fact. Summer holidays mean barbeques, beaches, more barbeques, Australia Day and of course school break, so I have asked Mrs. Goodman, my mate and neighbour and the official Entertainment Editor of this little blog, to come up with a recipe just for you.

The brief?

Something so simple yet so delicious that looks amazing and tastes spectacular!

She thought about it for a few seconds before announcing…

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Ingredients:

10 Steggles skinless chicken thighs – Very low in fat!

1/3-cup pomegranate molasses

1/3-cup olive oil

2 tablespoons Rhas al Hanout (or any commercial Moroccan spice mix)

3 tablespoons crushed garlic

Salt and pepper

 

For Serving:

2 tablespoons of your favourite Dukkah (I prefer Dukkah Zhaatar)

1 handful of roughly chopped Parsley

1 handful of roughly chopped Mint

2 chopped spring onions

1-2 chopped red chilies (remove seeds to control heat if required)

Seeds of 1 pomegranate

Garlic dip/Hummus

 

Method:

  1. Salt and pepper chicken thighs to taste and sprinkle with Moroccan seasoning mix
  2. Place olive oil, crushed garlic and pomegranate molasses in a large zip lock bag
  3. Throw in the chicken thighs and ‘smoosh’ them around to coat well in the marinade
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour, preferably more!
  5. Throw on the BBQ and cook till juices run clear
  6. Place on your favourite serving platter and sprinkle liberally with the dukkah
  7. Dress with the chopped parsley, mint, chilies and spring onions
  8. Bejewel with a scattering of pomegranate seeds
  9. Serve with a few dollops of your favourite garlic dip or hummus

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For me, the word BEJEWLED is just never used enough in regular vocabulary, let along food speak! And yes, Mrs. Goodman met the brief and then some. This was hovered down at lunchtime recently catch up recently. (BONUS! Very little washing up!)

Food has always brought people together. It is a delightful way to spend quality time with your tribe. It just takes that little effort and your kids will make their own memories of chowing down with the fam.

Steggles have recently conducted a survey to see how Australian Families like to spend quality time together. Click here for the details. Also, be in the running to win ten Hoyts Movie Tickets for your tribe by sharing a photo of your family having fun on Twitter or Instagram. Just add the hashtags #stegglerfor #qualitytime and you are in with a chance. (Perfectly timed for the holidays!)

Do you eat together often as a family?

And are you going to give that delicious recipe a go?