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Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

My slow cooker Moroccan chicken recipe is inspired by my honeymoon to Africa. I love creating recipes based on my travels especially Moroccan spices!

Don't be intimidated though. While this healthy slow cooker chicken recipe has exotic origins, it is totally approachable and makes a great family-friendly meal. Trust me, it's super easy, and the cinnamon and cloves will have your house smelling amazing all day while it cooks!

I actually started serving this to my son Ivan when he was just 9 months old. We used the baby-led weaning philosophy, bypassing most purees for soft finger foods. The chicken ends up soft and tender, perfect for beginners! This recipe was and still is one of his favorites.

If you're bored of the same-old-chicken, you're going to love this slow cooker Moroccan Chicken! It's easy, flavorful, and super healthy!

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup raisins*

Instructions

  • Chop 1 yellow onion.
  • In a small bowl mix the following for a spice rub: 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp turmeric.
  • Drizzle chicken w/ 1Tbsp olive oil and rub spice mix on all sides of chicken. Place in slow cooker w/ 1 chopped onion and ¼ cup water.
  • Cook on low for 6 hrs or high for 3-4 hrs.

Notes

*Note: read all ingredient lists; avoid added msg, sugar, gluten, salt, etc.

Here are answers to a few questions you may have about the recipe.  Let me know if you have any more questions in the comments section below!

Can I make this Moroccan Chicken in the Instant Pot?

Yes! This slow cooker Moroccan chicken recipe can easily be adapted for the instant pot.

Follow the first three steps of the recipe, adding 1 1/2 cups water to the instant pot instead of the 1/4 cup water used for the slow cooker.

Put the lid on and turn the pressure valve to “sealing”.  Cook at high pressure for 8 minutes. Then let the pressure naturally release for at least 10 minutes.

Some Instant Pot models require less liquid so be sure to check your manual if you're unsure.

Also remember that the exact cooking time will vary based on the size of the chicken breasts. Always make sure the internal temperature is 165 F or above!

What should I serve with Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken?

This recipe is super versatile, but I think it's delicious with simple sides like quinoa, kale, and roasted butternut squash.  

If you want to keep it Paleo, try serving with cauliflower rice instead of quinoa – just as delicious!

This chicken also pairs well with roasted sweet potatoes or even swoodles!  You really can't go wrong.

How can I vary the recipe?

Obviously, I think this is delicious as it, but I always encourage people to play around with the recipes. Make them your own!

One easy way to vary slow cooker Moroccan chicken is to mix up the dried fruit. Try it with chopped apricots, dried cherries, or even chopped dates instead of raisins. 

Changing small things like the type of fruit in the recipe can encourage kids to accept more variety and it keeps things interesting!

Just make sure to choose dried fruit without added sugar. It should generally only have one ingredient listed – the fruit!

Is this Moroccan chicken Whole 30 compliant?

Yes indeed! As written, this is a Whole 30 slow cooker chicken recipe.

I know prepping for Whole 30 can be a daunting task so I created a special Whole 30 compliant meal plan. Make sure to check out my 5-Week Reset Meal Plan if you're looking for more easy Whole 30 recipes.

What are the nutritional benefits of Moroccan Chicken?

This recipe is so much more than a slow cooker chicken meal, it's a nutrition powerhouse!

Turmeric is widely considered the healthiest spice around due to its potential to prevent and slow cancer, lung disease, and brain disease.

Ginger helps with nausea and indigestion and also provides antibacterial and antioxidant benefits.

Cinnamon may provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and blood sugar control benefits.

Most importantly, all of these warming spices give the dish so much flavor in addition to the health benefits!

What is baby led weaning?

Just a reminder, I am not a doctor and you should always check with your pediatrician for any questions about what and how to feed your child.  

That said, I use baby led weaning in my home and have had a great experience with it.

Baby led weaning is a method of feeding babies where you skip the spoon-feeding stage altogether. Babies instead begin with soft finger foods.

Parents using this method often feed children variations of what the adults are eating. The food might need to be cut a little differently and salted less, but it is essentially the same meal. 

I highly recommend the book Born to Eat if you're considering using baby led weaning in your family.

What are the benefits of baby led weaning?

First of all, if you practice meal prep, baby led weaning just makes sense. It means you don't need to create a whole separate batch of “baby foods” or later “kid foods”. Instead you can simply use your regular meal plan to feed your baby!

Furthermore, because babies are eating the same foods as their parents, they'll naturally be exposed to lots of fruits, veggies, herbs and spices, and proteins.

Lastly, it creates a positive mealtime experience for both parents and babies. Instead of trying to multitask and eat your own meal while also spoon-feeding baby, you can simply sit and eat together.

If you want to learn more about baby led weaning, make sure to check out my YouTube video where I share 25 baby led weaning meal ideas!

 

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