Instant Pot Moroccan Apricot Chicken

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This Moroccan Chicken is a quick, flavorful meal for you to easily prepare in your Instant Pot! It makes the perfect addition to a weeknight or batch-cooking routine. Our family likes it best served over cauliflower rice, but you can also use it to top spiralized or mashed root vegetables.

If you are looking to get ahead with a recipe that keeps well in the freezer, this one fits the bill there as well!

Moroccan Apricot Chicken
 
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon solid cooking fat
  • 2 onions, cut into large chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1" piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons water or Bone Broth
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cups chopped parsnips or turnips
  • 5 cups chopped butternut squash (about 1 small)
  • ½ cup dried apricots, quartered
  • ½ cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • ½ lemon, juice and zest reserved
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Cilantro and cauliflower rice, for serving
Instructions
  1. Add the solid cooking fat to the bottom of your Instant Pot and press the "saute" button. When the fat has melted and the pan is hot, add the onions, and cook, stirring, for about 7 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Turn off the heat.
  2. Add the water, salt, and turmeric to the pot and stir to combine. Add the root vegetables, squash, apricots, olives, lemon juice, and zest, and stir to combine. Add the chicken thighs, nestling in the vegetables. Close and lock the lid and cook on "manual - high pressure" for 9 minutes.
  3. When the timer goes off, use the "quick release" method to depressurize with a damp towel.
  4. Serve on a bed of cauliflower rice (or spiralized vegetables) topped with fresh cilantro.

About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos and get a glimpse of life on the farm by following her on Instagram.

6 comments

  • Anne Regen says

    Greetings,
    Thank you for the wonderful website and Instagram site. I thought that the Instant Pot requires a minimum of
    1/4 cup of liquid to work properly? Would it burn with only two tablespoons of liquid?
    Thank you, Anne Regen

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Anne! It works out for this recipe because the chicken and vegetables release a lot of juice during cooking (not to mention you start with some oil and lemon juice). I’ve never had it burn, and I’d be cautious to add more liquid or you’ll end up with a soup on the other end. Hope it helps!

  • Anna Edwards says

    Have you tried this receive on the stovetop? If so, how long would you recommend covering and cooking the root veggies and chicken? Or will this recipe not translate well to the stovetop? Looks delicious, but I’m a kitchen minimalist, and am trying to avoid purchasing more kitchen appliances! Thank you.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Anna! No, I have not, I recommend finding a similar recipe with instructions for stovetop cooking. I would suggest using my lamb stew recipe from the Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook as a base (you can sub chicken and reduce the cooking time).

  • Denise says

    Would it be possible to cook this on top of the stove or in a traditional slow cooker? Any advice on either method? I haven’t purchased an Insta-Pot yet.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Denise! See my other comment – in short, I recommend finding another recipe as I have not tested this one for the stovetop yet.

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