Easy Moroccan Chicken Stew – with Sweet Potatoes and Couscous

The winter months are all about comfort foods for us, and nothing hits the spot like a great bowl of stew! This Moroccan Chicken Stew is full of robust ingredients like cinnamon, sweet potatoes and fresh cilantro, which makes it a tummy warming dish that your whole family will love. 

I know when most people think of a Stew recipe they first think of Beef, but let me assure you that this Chicken Stew is not only quick and easy, but it is full of healthy ingredients and flavors that will leave you wanting a second and third bowl! In the winter months we tend to make dishes like our Beef Stroganoff and Chicken Pot Pie quite often, but I really wanted to try something different and couldn’t be happier with how this Moroccan Chicken Stew turned out. 

For this recipe you will need: boneless skinless chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, fresh cilantro, onion, chicken broth, flour, olive oil, ground ginger, cinnamon, lemon juice, couscous, saffron (optional), salt & pepper. 

Moroccan Chicken Stew in large white serving bowl with fresh herbs

Why Moroccan Chicken Stew?

I am ALL about comfort foods in the cool months and often find myself making the same delicious meals over and over again! Now, don’t get me wrong, they are scrumptious and all but I just wanted to try my hand at something different. I was poking around in my pantry one afternoon and noticed I had a couple of beautiful sweet potatoes to use and I knew that we had just done fries the other day so I wasn’t looking to replicate that. We try to keep our meals revolving to keep our tummies and taste buds happy!

So, back to the sweet potatoes! When I make my Beef Stew I always use yellow potatoes but looking at the gorgeous orange color of the sweet ones I knew that I wanted to showcase them in this dish, not just cube em and cover them in sauce. Also, with the New Year right around the corner, I have been trying to be a little more mindful of the food we are eating, as we have definitely overindulged this Holiday Season!

Like most of my recipes I share with you guys, this one just stated to come together the more I looked in the fridge and saw the ingredients that we had. I did have to search out some Moroccan spices to get some inspiration for how to season the dish, and I noticed that two things used in most of their dishes were cinnamon and ginger, both things I don’t get to cook with enough! And with that, we ended up with a delicious Chicken Stew that looked like this:

White platter of Moroccan Chicken Stew with vibrant orange sweet potatoes and cilantro

 chicken stew faqs

This recipe is actually very easy to make, it just needs a little time to stew on the stove for all the flavors to come together, but it requires nothing more than some chopping and sauteing, making it great for weeknights or weekend dinner!

what to serve with stew?

As with any stew you want to keep what you serve along side it simple. Everything you need is already in the stew; protein, veggies, etc but it is always a good idea to serve any of the following:

  • simple side salad – think basic greens like red leaf lettuce, arugula, kale or spinach with a lemon vinaigrette
  • crusty bread – anything thick and firm for soaking up all the delicious juices
  • couscous, quinoa, rice or any other grain to use as a bed for your chicken stew to sit on
  • blanched green beans with a little olive oil and white wine vinegar

how do you make the perfect stew?

If there is ONE tip I can give you to making the perfect stew it is this…Dredge your meat in flour with salt & pepper and allow your pan to come to high heat before adding it in. Give the meat a nice sear on each side to create a nice browning. Remove the meat from the pan, turn the heat to medium and cook your aromatics (onions, celery, garlic etc) in the same pan to pick up the delicious flavors of the meat!

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In order to make any kind of stew I strongly recommend a good Dutch Oven. They hold the heat well, distribute the heat evenly and are incredibly easy to clean. Plus, they come in so many gorgeous colors and are a great kitchen decor item (we leave ours on the stove all the time)!

We have this Dutch Oven and have loved it since day one:


moroccan chicken stew recipe with couscous

Easy Moroccan Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Couscous

Course Dinner, Main Course, Stew
Cuisine American, Moroccan
Keyword Easy Chicken Stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Melissa

Ingredients

  • 4 Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 stick Cinnamon *you can also use 1/2 tsp ground
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup Couscous
  • Salt & Pepper
  • pinch Saffron *this is optional, but it adds a gorgeous color to the stew

Instructions

  1. In a medium Dutch Oven, or heavy bottomed pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. 

  2. Meanwhile, mix flour with salt and pepper in a low sided bowl. Dredge chicken one at a time and shake off the excess. Add to hot pan and cook until browned on each side - about 5 minutes per side. Remove from pan.

  3. Add onion, cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar to the pot and cook until onion softens (2 mins). Return the chicken to the pot and add in the chicken broth and sweet potatoes. *if using saffron it also gets added here*

  4. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer until chicken is cooked and sweet potatoes are tender, about 10-12 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and stir in lemon juice. Season with additional salt & pepper if needed. 

    Chicken Stew boiling in Dutch oven
  5. While stew cooks prepare couscous following package instructions (generally it is about 1 1/4 c water for 1c couscous, boil and remove from heat to let stand). 

  6. Serve stew over a scoop of couscous and top with cilantro. 

To say we enjoyed this stew would be an understatement! We devoured it and couldn’t wait to make it again. It is easy to make, uses a few simple ingredients,  and can even be made ahead of time. In fact I think it tastes even better the next day when your flavors can sit! 

Now we chose to serve ours with couscous to keep with the Moroccan theme but you could easily sub out basamati rice or quinoa if you prefer those grains. Also, you could chop the chicken up rather than using the whole thigh, but we found it was easier for serving sizes to just allocate 1 thigh per person.

This Moroccan Chicken Stew is full of robust ingredients like cinnamon, sweet potatoes and cilantro, making it a tummy warming dish that everyone will love.

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17 thoughts on “Easy Moroccan Chicken Stew – with Sweet Potatoes and Couscous

    • oliveblogger says:

      Thanks so much Veena!! I don’t use Moroccan spices often enough, but this stew has re-inspired me to start using more!

  1. Lord Byron's Kitchen says:

    Your family sounds much like mine! We love soups and stews. They really are the best of all comfort foods. But, you know, sometimes, I can’t wait for cool weather. I will totally bust out a large pot and simmer up a batch of soup in the middle of August! That’s how I roll. Your Moroccan stew looks divine. I’ll pass on the side salad for an extra helping of stew. 🙂

    • oliveblogger says:

      There is nothing better to me than having something simmer away on a cold day (today being a PRIME example with a polar vortex here… brrrrrrr!).

  2. loveandotherspices says:

    The perfect winter food! I love stews of any kind. I haven’t tried a Moroccan stew and I bet it’s delicious just looking at all the pictures.

  3. Marisa Franca says:

    You don’t hear about chicken stew too often — it’s usually beef. I haven’t made a good chicken stew in ages and your spin on it with Moroccan spices sounds perfect for this cold wintry day. We have chicken thawing out for dinner tonight – looks like I’ll be making your recipe. Will certainly warm me up!

    • oliveblogger says:

      Oh I hope you love it Marisa, there is something so satisfying about a simmering pot of chicken stew on a freezing cold day!

  4. Natalie says:

    I’m all into stew and soups lately. This looks like easy dinner my family would like too. Will give it a try, definitely. I really love the flavors and it looks really delicious.

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