Moroccan Chicken Stew With Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This delicious Moroccan chicken stew is made with nutrient-dense spinach, warm spices, sweet raisins, and sun-dried tomatoes, bringing together bold flavours and heartiness in one dish. This healthy stew delicious on its own with some flatbread or can be served with rice, couscous, quinoa or cauliflower rice.


Moroccan Chicken Stew With Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes
 

Moroccan Chicken Stew Story

While travelling in the camper van, we’ve been meeting a lot of people and exchanged our favourite recipes. One of the most passed-around recipes ended up being a plant-based Moroccan chickpea stew. I love Moroccan cuisine and have made this with chickpeas many times but decided to try a chicken version instead.

I also added a few more veggies, so that the stew could be a stand-alone meal. You can, however, serve it over cauliflower rice, rice, quinoa, couscous and or extra vegetables.

This Moroccan chicken stew with spinach, raisins and sun-dried tomatoes is gluten-free, paleo and Whole30 friendly. I hope you like it as much as I do and it keeps getting passed down to your friends and family.

Moroccan Stew With Chicken Tomatoes Spinach & Raisins

How To Make Moroccan Chicken Stew

You will find the full recipe with ingredients below. Here are some step-by-step photos to guide you along.

You can use any type of chicken meat for this dish. I used a mix of chicken breast and tenderloins. Skinless thighs would also work really well.

White potato can be replaced with sweet potato and for a more low-carb version, use zucchini instead.

Step 1. Sauté onions over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until slightly soft.

Step 2. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the tomatoes, chicken stock and spinach. Stir for 30 seconds to allow the spices to release aromas.

Step 3. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock and spinach. Stir through, cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low-medium and cook for 25 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for a further 5 minutes over slightly higher heat. Stir a few times.

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Full Recipe 

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Moroccan Chicken Stew Recipe

Moroccan Chicken Stew With Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Author: Irena Macri
Servings: 4
Course: Main
Cuisine: Moroccan
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4.95 from 18 votes
Calories: 355kcal
This Moroccan Chicken Stew recipe is a warm, comforting and flavourful dish made with tender chicken, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and raisins. It is a delicious blend of spices and ingredients that come together to create a unique and delicious taste.

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 500 g chicken 1 lb. diced (breast, tenderloin or thighs)
  • 1 large white potato peeled and diced into cubes (sweet potato or zucchini can be used instead, see notes above)
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes chopped (about 1/3 to ½ cup chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder or cayenne pepper
  • 1 can tomato purée 14 oz. chopped tomatoes or tomato passata
  • 400 ml chicken stock about 1 ½ to 2 cups, I just used the tomato tin to measure
  • 1 cup spinach defrosted, roughly chopped (squeeze some of the liquid out first)
  • Garnish: Handful of fresh coriander/cilantro

Instructions

  • In a heavy medium saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the onions and salt. Sauté, over medium heat, for 3-4 minutes, until slightly soft.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except for the tomatoes, chicken stock and spinach. Stir over medium-high heat for 30 seconds to allow the spices to release their aromas.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir through. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low-medium and cook for 25 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for a further 5 minutes over slightly higher heat. Make sure to stir a few times during the cooking process.
  • I like to let the cooked stew sit off the heat for 5 minutes to set and to cool down slightly. Serve garnished with fresh coriander. Cauliflower rice makes for a lovely side dish.

Notes

Vegetarian/vegan version: Use canned chickpeas instead of chicken, about 2 cans of chickpeas rinse and drained. Everything else should remain the same. You can try the Instant Pot version here.
Storing the stew: Cool the stew completely before storing it in the refrigerator or freezer. Store in airtight containers or freezer-safe bags to prevent freezer burn and to keep the stew fresh. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and for up to 3-4 months in the freezer. Thaw out in the fridge overnight and reheat thoroughly.

Nutrition

Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 1322mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4053IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4mg
Keywords: Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30, Healthy, Spinach, Chicken Stew, Moroccan Stew, Moroccan Recipes, Paleo Stew
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34 Comments
  1. 5 stars
    We ate this last night it was delicious! I love anything with sun dried tomatoes so with those and all of those lovely spices this is definitely a recipe to keep!

  2. 5 stars
    OMG, sun-dried tomatoes are one of my favorite foods! I love how you’ve combined them with the cumin and chili, which I use a lot in my Mexican cooking. Such lovely comfort food!

  3. 5 stars
    I just bought a bag of fresh spinach and was thinking about adding it to a stew to use it up.

    What a perfect timing and a perfect recipe.

    1. Thank you 🙂 Glad to know the zucchini worked well. I’ve only made it with potato but thought it would work with less starchy veggies as well.

  4. 5 stars
    This was really easy and delicious. I subbed zucchini for the potato and added a couple tablespoons of tomato paste as well. The tomato paste plus the sun-dried tomatoes give the dish so much umami.

  5. 5 stars
    The recipe was delicious. I used white meat chicken but prefer the dark meat, so will use that next time. The one thing I miss in your recipe is when to add the chicken, and is there anything you do to it prior to cooking in the stew?

    1. First of all, thanks and glad you enjoyed the recipe. The chicken is part of ‘add the rest of the ingredients’ – just add it raw, diced and stir through for a minute over heat, then the stock and tomatoes go in. See step-by-step pic as well.

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