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Marrakech Chicken and Lentils

The USA Dry Pea and Lentil IndustryThis recipe comes from The USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council which started in 1965 and is comprised of the Washington Dry Pea & Lentil Commission, the Idaho Pea & Lentil Commission and the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council. These groups pool their funding to support Domestic Marketing, International Marketing, Research, and Industry and Governmental Information Dissemination programs for dry peas, lentils, and chickpeas grown in the Palouse Region - we benefit from the recipes they publish!

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2 Tbsp. Vegetable oil, preferably canola
8 chicken drumsticks (2 1/2 lbs.), skin removed and fat trimmed
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup USA brown lentils, rinsed and picked over
6 large scallions, chopped
6 Tbsp. Minced cilantro
12 whole dried apricots (3 oz.), quartered
2/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup minced parsley
1 1/2 tsp. Minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. Salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. red pepper (cayenne)
1 can (13 3/4 oz.) low-sodium chicken broth, fat skimmed off
1/4 cup water

  • Heat oven to 350° F.
  • Have ready a large deep ovenproof skillet with a lid. (If skillet handle is plastic or wood, wrap it in a double layer of foil to protect it from scorching.) Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
  • Dredge chicken with flour, shaking off excess. Add to skillet in batches and cook until browned, about 5 minutes per batch. Remove to a plate.
  • Drain fat from skillet. Add lentils, scallions, 4 tablespoons of the cilantro, the apricots, raisins, parsley, ginger, salt and spices to skillet. Cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  • Place chicken and juices from plate on lentil mixture.
  • Add broth and water and bring to a boil.
  • Cover skillet and place in oven.
  • Bake 30 minutes, uncover and bake 20 minutes longer or until chicken and lentils are tender.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cilantro.

The Pea & Lentil CookbookServes 4

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