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Spicy North African Chicken

RecipEASY: Spicy North African Chicken

Kayla Sheely, 02/12/2016

Whether you are looking to adopt a nutrient-dense, plant-based diet or are just trying to find healthier alternatives to some of your favorite dishes, we have great recipes on our site to suit your tastes! Some of our recipes can look a little intimidating, though. That’s why we created a weekly segment called RecipEASY — to make healthy eating easier. We (Kate and Kayla) make a recipe from our site and break it down to give you helpful tips and modifications. Since neither of us are professional chefs, we are always looking for ways to simplify healthy recipes!


This week we made…


Spicy North African Chicken


Spicy North African Chicken

If you are looking for a filling, nutrient-dense dish with a little kick to it, this is a recipe for you! Our Spicy North African Chicken is a healthy blend of veggies and spices.


Our shopping list included onion, garlic, carrots, eggplant, tomatoes, red peppers, chickpeas, ginger, ground cumin, cinnamon, paprika, coriander, red pepper flakes, parsley, vegetable stock, and organic chicken breasts. Find the full measurements here.


Since we were doubling the recipe (to feed a big group of coworkers!), we started with a lot of chopping! First, we chopped, sliced, and diced onions, carrots, garlic, red peppers, and eggplants. Once we felt like we had made good headway on our chopping, we tossed the onions, carrots, and garlic into our wok with vegetable stock to saute for about 5 minutes (until the carrots were tender).


Spicy North African Chicken


Next, we added the eggplant, red peppers, chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), ginger, and the spices (cumin, cinnamon, paprika, coriander, and red pepper flakes) to our pan. We let the mix continue to saute for another 10 minutes and started chopping tomatoes in the meantime.


Chopping Tomatoes for Spicy North African Chicken


After 10 minutes, I added the tomatoes while Kate thinly sliced the chicken breasts. According to the recipe, we were to supposed to “place sliced chicken on top of vegetables, cover with lid and steam until cooked thoroughly.” Ten minutes passed, and the chicken was barely cooked. We are a little paranoid of undercooked chicken, so we decided to remove the chicken and cook it in a separate pan. When the chicken was cooked, we returned it to the vegetable mix, stirred it in.


Finally, we topped the mixture with fresh parsley and served! The flavors blended nicely, and the beans and chicken were very filling. It was a delicious pick-me-up! Try this recipe for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments below!


Spicy North African Chicken


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