Muhammara chicken is made with the most delicious red pepper spread for just the right tang and kick!
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MY MUHAMMARA IS A FINALIST FOR A SOFI AWARD!!!!! I was literally shaking when I got the call because I know what a big deal it is. There are thousandssssss of amazing sauces and dips out there and for the judges to pick mine out of such a great group, I was just ecstatic. When I first decided to package my moms Muhammara, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. How hard can it be, I thought. I’m glad I didn’t know how difficult and challenging it was going to be because I might have been too intimidated but thankfully I was naiive. If any of you are ever thinking about taking a recipe to market, please ask me first! There are tons of avenues to take and a lot to know but it is possible so you should do it!
Hands down the recipe I’ve been making almost every other day, but you already knew that from Snapchat haha (@nadiahubbi). So this is an interesting dish because Muhammara is not traditionally cooked in with food, it’s served as part of a meze platter and eaten the same way hummus is. I was playing around with different ingredients in the kitchen and created this dish. My husband immediately told me to write it down because he knows me better than I know myself, I happen to still be in the stage of denial as to how bad my memory has gotten so I assume I can remember how I made it. He says, please just write it down in case you forget how you made it. Glad I listened to him!
Muhammara has complex flavors stemming from the red peppers, walnuts, pomegranate, chili, among other ingredients. It’s texture is unique because bread crumbs are used and the flavors marry each other well. This dish is so simple but it screams exotic and mysterious because untouched taste buds will be activated. The already complex flavors of the Muhammara combined with the sweet potatoes, the chewy dates, and the sweet onions makes for one party in your mouth. No one is going to believe this dish took less than an 45 minutes to make! It might take a little longer if you don’t have Sweet Pillar Muhammara in stock but have no fear, it’s still easy! I have the Muhammara recipe posted here and you can always make some and store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or oil of choice)
- 1/2 onion sliced
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 lb chicken thigh
- 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons of Muhammara
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup diced sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 5 medjool dates pitted and sliced
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Sautee sliced onions and crushed garlic in 1 tablespoon of oil (I used vegetable oil) until lightly browned 2-3 minutes
- Remove onion and garlic
- Add chicken, salt & pepper and light brown on both sides 6-7 minutes
- Add browned onions and garlic back to pot
- Add sweet potatoes and stir for 1 minute
- Add 1 can of tomato sauce, 3 heaping tablespoons of muhammara, 1/2 cup water
- Stir and cover on low heat for 13 minutes
- Add cilantro and dates and stir
- Cover for another 4 minutes
- Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice
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