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Moroccan Chicken Tagine Pockets

I enjoy shredded chicken dishes, Moroccan seasonings and pita sandwiches. The addition of the carrot salad laced with dates and pomegranate seeds lends an extra punch and crunch. Mini flour tortillas can be substituted for pitas. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    14 appetizers

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, divided
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped and divided
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Moroccan seasoning (ras el hanout)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  • 7 miniature pita pockets, halved
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional

Directions

  • Place chicken in a greased 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Combine the salsa, 6 tablespoons pomegranate juice, 1/3 cup dates, honey, Moroccan seasoning and garlic powder; pour over chicken. Cook, covered, on low, until chicken is tender, 5-6 hours.
  • Meanwhile, combine the carrots, mayonnaise, pomegranate seeds and remaining dates. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
  • Remove chicken from slow cooker; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices. Shred chicken with 2 forks. Return chicken and juices to slow cooker. Stir in remaining pomegranate juice; heat through. Serve in pitas with carrot slaw and, if desired, cilantro.

Test Kitchen tips
  • You'll love the sweet-savory flavor of this make-ahead appetizer.
  • For a lower carb option, serve in lettuce cups.
  • Health tip: Using skinless chicken thighs instead of breast meat keeps the chicken tender, juicy and flavorful, and only adds about 20 calories per serving.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 appetizer: 164 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.

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    • Casey
      May 7, 2020

      My family loved this!! The only things I did differently were, instead of pita pockets- I used naan bread, and served as an entire meal instead of appetizer. I also left the pomegranate seeds out of the slaw. Just a personal preference, my family will eat them by the spoonful plain, but if you try to hide them, they dont enjoy the crunch as much. Fantastic flavor!!! I just sprinkled the chicken with a little sea salt when it came out of the oven, but left the measurements alone, ill definitely make again!!!