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Moroccan Chicken Bowls with Nectarine Sauce

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These flavor-packed Moroccan Chicken Bowls include chicken dusted with warming spices, a fresh and sweet nectarine sauce, lightly browned zucchini, and tangy olives. It's a Moroccan party in a bowl!

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Nectarine Sauce:

  • 4 nectarines diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice about half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey optional

To Assemble the Bowls:

  • 1 large or 2 small zucchinis sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup green olives chopped
  • 4 tablespoons roasted salted almonds
  • ¼ cup lightly packed mint chopped

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the cumin, paprika, garlic powder, cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the chicken pieces, tossing well to coat.
  • In a large Dutch oven or pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken in one layer, being careful not to overcrowd the pan (you may need to sauté the chicken in 2 batches). Sauté for 4-5 minutes on the first side, or until golden brown. Flip the chicken and sauté an additional 4-5 minutes or until both sides are browned and crisp. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to the pan along with the nectarines, lemon juice, and honey (if using). Sauté over medium-low heat, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan until the apricots are just softened, about 4 minutes. Remove the nectarine mixture from the pan and set aside.
  • Wipe the pan clean, then add 1 teaspoon olive oil and the zucchini. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt, then sauté over medium-high heat, flipping once, until browned and cooked through on both sides, about 8 minutes.
  • Assemble the final dish by arranging the cooked chicken, zucchini, green olives, and nectarine sauce in bowls. Sprinkle with chopped almonds and mint. Serve warm.

Notes

These Moroccan Chicken Bowls with Nectarine Sauce may not at first seem to be super kid-friendly, but with some adaptions, you may be surprised that your little ones will be asking for seconds. Here are some options for adapting the recipe for resistant eaters:
  • The spice blend for the chicken is very kid-friendly (my 3-year-old ate all her spiced chicken and asked for more), but if you think your child won't go for it cook up some plain chicken seasoned simply with salt.
  • The nectarine sauce is also pretty kid-friendly, but hold aside some raw sliced nectarines to serve in place of the sauce if necessary.
  • Serve all the parts of the bowl separately on his or her plate with the sauce on the side for dipping.
  • Substitute an alternate veggie if she's not a fan of cooked zucchini.

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