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Bedouin Chicken with Apple and Raisins

Categories: Comfort Foods, Entertaining, Spicy, Sweet
Type: Main Dishes

With apples, almonds, allspice, and barley, this comforting chicken dish has the hearty flavors of fall.

Serves: serves 4


  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cooked barley
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 4 fresh dates, pitted and chopped
  • 3 tbsp raisins, well washed
  • 1 tsp chopped almonds
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 3-lb (1.5-kg) chicken salt and pepper juice of half a lemon
  • 1 lemon, quartered to garnish
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  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and fry the onion until just transparent.
  3. Mix cooked onion with all the other stuffing ingredients and spices in a mixing bowl.
  4. Stuff the chicken with the mixture, tie it up, put it in a roasting pan, and season liberally with pepper, salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  5. Put the chicken in the oven and cook for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 375°F (190°C) and roast for 11/4 hours or until the juices run clear from the thigh when you pierce it with a skewer.
  6. Eat with a plain lettuce salad and a lemon and oil dressing.

Excerpted from SuperFoods, SuperFast.
Copyright © 2006 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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