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When we think of cinnamon, we always tend to associate it as an ingredient used primarily in sweet dishes and deserts, however many Middle Eastern main dishes use cinnamon as part of their spice blend.   When cooked with meats and vegetables, the  cinnamon takes on an unexpectantly different flavour that adds extreme warmth to this wonderfully fragrant dish.   As traditional Moroccan dishes often contain chickpeas and/or potatoes, I’ve paleoize this one by substituting these ingredients for various paleo and primal friendly root vegetables and served it with a side dish of steamed kale. 

Ingredients:

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast cut in 1 inch pieces and season with salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 turnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 rutabaga, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 4 parsnips, peeled, core removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 28 oz can whole plum tomatoes broken into bite size pieces 
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • chopped fresh cilantro

Cook it up:

  1. In large sauce pan or dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat
  2. Add chicken and saute until golden, but not cooked all the way through.  Remove and reserve in bowl
  3. Add onion and saute until golden
  4. Add garlic, cinnamon, curry and cumin, stir to combine
  5. Add  turnips, parsnip, rutabaga and chicken stock.  Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add butternut squash and continue simmering for a further 10 minutes or until the veggies are tender
  7. Add tomatoes and chicken.  Simmer until chicken is cooked through  5 minutes
  8. Serve with a sprinkling of cilantro on top

Note:  This can also be made in your slow cooker, but it does take about 2 steps.   To cook in slow cooker, add all ingredients with the exception of the tomatoes and butternut squash.  Set slow cooker on low for 8 hours.  When there is approximately 3 hours remaining in the cooking time add the tomatoes and butternut squash and continue cooking. 

I have cooked this stew both ways, the first using the slow cooker and the second on the stove.  The slow cooker method is equally as delicious, but you may find that your veggies and chicken get quite soft and may break apart a bit more than the stove top method where you can better control the desired tenderness of your veggies.

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