Moroccan Chicken With Eggplant, Tomatoes and Almonds

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“This is a classic Moroccan stew and it calls for dark meat chicken because it stays moist when braised. Recipe is from Bon Appetit, February, 2004.”
1hr 20mins

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  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy large wide pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cover and cook until onions are soft, about 10 minutes. Add paprika, salt, turmeric, coriander, fennel, pepper, cumin, and ginger; stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes, water and 3 tablespoons lemon juice; bring to a boil. Arrange all chicken in a single layer in pot; spoon some sauce over. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Turn chicken over, cover and simmer until chicken is tender, about 20 minutes longer.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush large rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Place eggplant and remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil in large bowl; toss to coat. Spread eggplant out on prepared baking sheet and bake until soft and brown, stirring occasionally, about 25 minutes. (Chicken and eggplant can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate separately until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated.).
  3. Stir eggplant and marjoram into chicken. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes to heat through and blend flavors. Season stew to taste with more lemon juice, if desired, and salt and pepper. Transfer chicken to large shallow bowl. Sprinkle with almonds and cilantro.

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