A little over three years ago, I took a class at a local restaurant, Tara Kitchen, which sent me on a Moroccan-cooking bender: I stocked my pantry with ras-el-hanout and harissa, made a batch (two actually) of preserved lemons, then used them to make a tagine with chicken, green olives, and raisins. I had known little about Moroccan cooking before taking the class, and I still know little, but everything I seem to make with Moroccan seasonings, I tend to love: see Leblebi (North African Chickpea Stew) and now this one-pot chicken and rice with dates, harissa, and pistachios.
It’s a mix of sweet and spicy, smoky and crunchy, and best of all it couldn’t be simpler to prepare. It comes from Diana Henry’s Simple, and I wrote about it on Food52. Feel free to skip right to the recipe.
Note: You’ll need harissa, a spicy prepared paste/sauce, which is not hard to find these days. I’m using Tara Kitchen’s brand, which is now available at Whole Foods Market (not everywhere, see locations here). Here’s the jar: