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2 pounds chicken breasts, skin and bone removed1 tablespoon ground cuminLarge pinch crushed red pepper flakes2 tablespoons lemon juice2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems1 clove garlic, minced 2 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes1 green or red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced1 ½ preserved lemons, pulp removed, peel thinly sliced
Cut the chicken breasts in half, diagonally. In a small bowl, mix together 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, cumin, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, olive oil, cilantro and garlic. Rub the chicken with the mixture. Let sit in the refrigerator covered for 1 hour. Combine the tomatoes with ½ teaspoons salt. Place half of the tomatoes, half of the bell pepper and half of the preserved lemons on the bottom of a tagine or heavy stewing pot. Place the chicken on top. Top with the bell peppers, then preserved lemons and tomatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to the heat to medium low and simmer 20 minutes.
To serve, spoon the chicken, vegetables and sauce into soup bowls and place a spoonful of the Walnut Chermoula onto the top.
Walnut Chermoula1 1/2 teaspoons cumin1 teaspoon paprika1/2 teaspoon turmeric1/4 teaspoon cayenne2 cloves garlic, minced½ cup chopped fresh cilantro½ cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley4 tablespoons lemon juice4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oilKosher salt and freshly ground pepper3/4 cup roasted and chopped walnuts
In a blender or food processor, puree the cumin, paprika, turmeric, cayenne, garlic, cilantro, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper until smooth. Add the walnuts and set aside.
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