Chicken Tagine With Seven Vegetables

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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3 1/2 pounds chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 3/4 pounds eggplant
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onions -- chopped
3 cloves garlic -- crushed
3 cups stock -- chicken
1 1/2 pieces cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cumin -- ground
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 medium turnip -- cubed
1 medium zucchini
1 medium carrots
1/2 medium bell peppers -- red
3 medium tomatoes
1/2 cup raisins
1 tablespoon parsley

Preparation / Directions:

Cut chicken into serving pieces. Remove backs and wings and save for soup. Remove all skin and fat from chicken. Heat oil in large frying pan; sauté chicken in 2 batches until opaque on both sides (a few minutes). Set aside. Cut unpeeled eggplant into 1" cubes; salt for 20 minutes, then drain and rinse. Heat oil in 6-8-qt Dutch oven. Add onion, garlic, and eggplant. Sauté over low heat until onion is just tender, 5-10 minutes. Add stock, cinnamon, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, and black pepper. Stir, bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Peel turnip; dice turnip, zucchini, carrot, and bell pepper. Add dark meat and diced vegetables to Dutch oven. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Dice tomatoes. Add chicken breasts, tomato, raisins, and parsley, pushing down lightly to be sure ingredients are covered by liquid. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes more. Serve hot in deep soup bowls on top of rice, noodles, or couscous, garnishing top with coriander. Sylvia's notes: I used a whole chicken and dumped everything in the crockpot, which worked fine except that the vegetables weren't done (since it cooked about 6 hours instead of the usual 10 when I use the cp on a workday), so I boiled the vegetables in the stock until they were soft. However, I was not pleased with the result, and I think it was the combination of flavors (or lack thereof) rather than the cooking method. The chicken was fine, and the broth was delicious, but the vegetables were tasteless cardboard. Source: "The Frugal Gourmet On Our Immigrant Ancestors" Jeff Smi

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