This is an easy and exotic Moroccan chicken stew recipe with flavors that meld together nicely for a delicate fragrant mix of sweet and spicy.  Full of deep flavors with spices, tender apricots, and succulent chicken. This recipe makes an ordinary chicken stew over the moon delicious. Just put everything in the slow cooker and create an amazing chicken stew!

If you are looking for more stew ideas, then check out my chicken and sausage stew, or for something a little different, try this delicious French chicken stew an old-fashioned chicken and dumpling stew or my favorite spicy chicken thighs.

Bowl of stew with beans and chicken on table with spooon and bowl of rice.

Main Ingredients Notes

The Moroccan chicken stew recipe card below includes the full list of ingredients, detailed instructions, and recipe notes.

moroccan chicken stew ingredients


Garam Masala: A mixture of ground spices, usually black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, nutmeg, and turmeric. The spice provides a hint of a curry flavor.  If curry flavor isn’t your thing, substitute individual spices of your choice. 
Great northern beans: Common substitutes are chickpeas or small white beans; if preferred, it’s okay to leave the beans out completely. Potatoes can also be used in place of beans.
Cornstarch: Used as a thickener for the sauce.
Chicken: Boneless and skinless chicken thighs are best, but you can also use a chicken breast. Thighs seem to hold up better in the slow cooker thighs and are very flavorful.

Substitutions

  • Common substitutes are chickpeas or small white beans, or potatoes, which can also be used instead of beans.
  • If you don’t have dried apricots, you can substitute apricot preserves. My go-to jam is Bonne Maman, St.Dalfour also makes a nice all-fruit apricot jam.

How to Make The Recipe

moroccan chicken stew step 1A

Step One: In a small microwave-safe bowl mix the tomato paste, vegetable oil, paprika, and garam masala. Microwave for about 30 seconds, just until fragrant.

moroccan chicken stew step 1

Step Two: Pour the mixture into the bottom of a 2-quart slow cooker.

moroccan chicken stew step 2

Step Three: Add the beans to the slow cooker.

moroccan chicken stew step 3

Step Four: Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and transfer to the slow cooker.

moroccan chicken stew step 4

Step Five: Whisk the cornstarch in the chicken broth and pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on “high” for 4 hours.

Close up of Moroccan chicken stew in oval crockpot.

Step Six: Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and transfer to the slow cooker.

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Bowl of stew with beans and chicken on table with spooon and bowl of rice.

Moroccan Chicken Stew

A flavorful sweet and spicy Moroccan inspired Chicken stew.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Macedonian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 332kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes

Equipment

  • 3-Quart Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 cup canned Great northern beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 chicken thighs boneless & skinless
  • Dash salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried apricots chopped

Instructions

  • Lightly coat the inside of the slow cooker with vegetable spray.
  • In a small bowl mix the tomato paste, vegetable oil, paprika, and garam masala. Microwave for about 30 seconds, just until fragrant. Pour the mixture into the bottom of a 2-quart slow cooker.
  • Add the beans to the slow cooker.
  • Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and transfer to the slow cooker.
  • Whisk the cornstarch in the chicken broth and pour over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on “high” for 4 hours.
  • Uncover and stir in the dried apricots, recover, and let sit on the “warm” setting for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Brown the chicken before adding them to the stew. This caramelization adds depth of flavor to the final dish.
  • While you can use any cut of chicken, thighs tend to hold up better in stews and remain juicy and tender.
  • After combining all the ingredients, let the stew simmer on a low heat. This slow, gentle cooking allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.
  • Finish with fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley. Adding them at the end ensures they retain their bright color and flavor.
  • Moroccan stews should have a balance of savory, sweet, and tangy so,adjust the seasonings to your personal taste preference.
  • SUBSTITUTIONS: Common substitutes are chickpeas or small white beans, or use potatoes can also be used in place of beans.
  • STORAGE: Cool completely and stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  Reheat on the stove top over medium-low heat or in the microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 589mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g
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