RECIPE TITLE "Chicken with Almonds and Honey (Djaj bel Loz) "
recipe from New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden. Copyright © 2000 by Claudia Roden.
A magnificent dish, and a stunning example of the way Moroccans mix savory and sweet. Chicken pieces are first stewed with lemon juice and saffron, then baked with a topping of almonds and honey.
2 large onions, chopped
4 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
Two 3 1/2- to 4-pound chickens, cut into quarters
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon powdered saffron
Juice of 1/2-1 lemon
1 1/2 cups blanched almonds, coarsely ground
1 tablespoon rose water
4-5 tablespoons honey
In a large pan, cook the onions in the oil over low heat with the lid on until they soften, stirring occasionally. Stir in the ginger and cinnamon and put in the chicken. Cover with water, add salt and pepper, saffron, and lemon juice, and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings (the sauce should be quite salty), and move the pieces so that the top ones go to the bottom.
Lift the chicken pieces out and arrange them in a large, shallow baking dish. Remove the skin if you like, and pour the sauce over.
Mix the ground almonds with the rose water and honey. Spread this paste over the chicken pieces and bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 30-45 minutes. The flavor, with the melting honey, is divine. Serve hot.
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