Steamed and stuffed chicken is a tasty Moroccan meal.
Fes – Steamed and stuffed chicken is considered among the prestigious dishes in Moroccan cuisine. Moroccans usually server the dish for their special guests.
In special ceremonies and festivities, people prepare it as a basic meal along with spicy thick sauce and pickled lemon. Nowadays, people prepare it more often as a regular dish for lunch. With bread, cooked vegetables and some salad, it can be unbelievably a delicious and a rich meal.
1 whole chicken with its lever
3 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger.
½ tsp turmeric.
½ tsp ground black pepper.
2 cloves of minced garlic.
1 lemon juice
For stuffing, you will need:
2 tbsp green olives cut into small circles.
Few saffron stamens (soaked in cold water)
2 cloves of minced garlic
Half a pickled lemon cut into pieces.
1 tsp hot sauce.
Chicken lever cut and boiled in salty water.
½ bag of Chinese vermicelli.
1 tsp soft butter.
2 tbsp olive oil.
1 tsp cumin.
½ tsp salt.
1 tsp paprika.
2 tbsp chopped parsley and coriander.
Stuffed Chicken: Way of preparation:
Clean the chicken and the lever very well and soak it in water with salt and vinegar at least for 2 hours.
In a bowl, mix ginger, turmeric, garlic, lemon juice, saffron, black pepper and some salt with a cup of water.
Clean the chicken again very well and strain it from water then marinate it in the mixture of spices (inside and outside) and let it at least for an hour.
Put the vermicelli in hot salty water for 5 to 10 minutes, then drain them and cut them into half.
In a bowl, mix the vermicelli with other ingredients.
Stuff inside the chicken with the vermicelli mixture.
Take a needle and a thread and sew the opening by stitches, spin the thread around the chicken, and tie it firmly.
Let the chicken rest at least for an hour.
Pour about 2 litters of water in a couscous pot and let it to boil on a high heat.
Put the stuffed chicken in the steamer and cover it with a lid, using aluminum foil to stop the steam from escaping.
Steam for an hour.
When the chicken is steamed grease it with butter and put it in the oven until it is grilled.
Serve the chicken with steamed or grilled vegetables, rice and salads.
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