Saturday, September 25, 2010

Chicken and Sweet Potato Marqa (Stew): Moroccan Recipe

Now, what did I cook today? That's right, a delicious Moroccan dish called 'marqa', a kind of tasty stew with chicken and sweet potatoes. Homemade food is so much tastier in Morocco than restaurant meals. You can make this madly delicious dish in your home too, if you love sweet potatoes like me. ;)

CHICKEN MARQA WITH SWEET POTATOES

Serves 4

1 onion
2 cloves garlic
4 pieces chicken - drumstick, breast, whatever pieces you wish
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp yellow food coloring (optional)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
6 sweet potatoes
1 tsp cinnamon

Chop up the onion, and put it in your pot. Grate the garlic finely over the onions, then add the chicken, the spices (everything except the cinnamon) and the oil. Barely cover the chicken with water and cover the pot; cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is browned on the bottom and there is still a little sauce left in the pot. Then, turn the chicken over the other side and let it brown on very low heat, as not to let the sauce all dry up.

Now when your chicken is browned on both sides, turn off the heat, take it out and place on a plate. Peel your sweet potatoes, cut them into quarters and put them in the sauce left in the pot. Add water to barely cover your potatoes, sprinkle them with cinnamon and cover the pot, cooking on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender. Now add your chicken and heat it up gently when you are ready to serve. If you like you can take out a big plate and put your chicken in the center and sweet potatoes all around, then top it with some sauce to dip your Moroccan bread. Bon Appetit. :)

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