Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

During the developing and testing process for this book, this dish became Hubby’s new favorite. Totally unexpected—I was sure he’d steal a line from the kids and say, “Thank you anyway, but this is not my taste.” (We taught them to say that instead of “Ooo, yick!”) It’s just not the usual stuff and spices he goes for, but apparently the combination was soooo his taste. And mine, too. It’s one of those winner recipes that will make you dance around your kitchen. You may hug me now.


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • One 3½-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 medium red onions, quartered
  • 1 pound small red-skin potatoes, scrubbed and halved
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; spray the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together the honey, olive oil, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and garlic in a small bowl. Place the chicken, onions and potatoes in a large bowl. Toss with three-quarters of the honey mixture and arrange in a single layer on the prepared pan. Toss the apricots and raisins with the remaining honey mixture and set aside.
  3. Bake the chicken, onions and potatoes for 35 minutes. Add the apricots and raisins and bake until the chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes more. Garnish with the pistachios and cilantro.

Dress it Down/Make it a Meal

Slow Cooker Moroccan-Style Chicken

Make this a slow cooker meal.

Use 4 chicken leg quarters (thigh with leg attached), and toss all the ingredients except the pistachios and cilantro in the slow cooker with 3 cups chicken broth, such as Manischewitz All-Natural Chicken Broth. Cook on low for 6 hours. Serve over whole wheat couscous, and garnish with the pistachios and cilantro.

Pair It

Carmel Kayoumi Shiraz. A yummy, spicy shiraz enhances the rich flavors in this dish.