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Comfort food: chicken with tomatoes and honey

I’ve been going through my folder of recipes recently and have come across a few old favourites – like these devilled drumsticks. I have my mum to thank for many of these recipes – she photocopied them for me when I first moved to Paris in 1995 – not that I had a kitchen big enough to cook in back then!  They have accompanied me all the way to Toronto where I pull them out every now and then and make an “oldie but a goodie”.  This recipe is not one I had made before and it’s written out in my mum’s handwriting – looking suspiciously like she copied it out of  a magazine, so I have no way of giving any credit where it’s due.  I loved the idea of a quick comfort stew-type dish with chicken, tomatoes and honey and I especially liked the addition of ginger and cinnamon – it lends a little Moroccan flavour to the dish which I complemented by adding some lemon zest and serving it atop fluffy couscous. It’s a wonderful bowl of flavour on a cold winter’s night.

Yield: 6

Chicken with tomatoes and honey

Moroccan chicken with tomatoes and honey in a bowl on couscous

Chicken with tomatoes and honey - comfort food with a twist, ready in under an hour!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon powdered ginger
  • 2 x 800ml cans diced tomatoes, 1 can drained
  • 1.5 kg boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • fresh chopped parsley, to serve


  1. Melt butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook until soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the cinnamon, ginger and tomatoes stir to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Add the chicken pieces, stir well then cover and cook over medium heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken from the sauce, keep warm (in the oven, covered with tin foil).
  7. Turn up the heat on the sauce to reduce it until sizzling - the tomatoes will start to caramelize a little - stirring constantly so the sauce does not stick and burn.
  8. Stir in the honey and lemon zest return the chicken to the sauce and heat through.
  9. Serve over warm couscous and top with the parsley.

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It’s so very quick and easy and guess what?  It tastes even better the next day 🙂  This one is a keeper – I’ll definitely be adding it to our “make it on Sunday to enjoy through the week” roster 🙂


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25 Responses to Comfort food: chicken with tomatoes and honey

  1. Jill Colonna February 16, 2012 at 05:55 #

    Mardi, this does sound a perfectly comforting dish. Love serving couscous at this time of year for some Moroccan heat so this is just ideal – must try it. Good on you for your action-packed summer in Paris!

  2. Lilly February 16, 2012 at 08:06 #

    What a great chicken dish. I love anything that tastes better the next day!

  3. Stephanie February 16, 2012 at 10:30 #

    I’m always looking for new ways to cook up chicken that tastes good as leftovers. I’m bookmarking this cus sweet and savory together are my favorite!

  4. Liz February 16, 2012 at 10:44 #

    This sounds lovely! I have so many recipes in my mom’s handwriting…I need to go through my old fashioned recipe box and dig some out

  5. Mr. Neil February 16, 2012 at 12:15 #

    Thanks P – enjoyed this din-din very much. (I know Geoff is not a fan of couscous, but I love it.)

    In keeping with Mardi’s Moroccan theme, I paired this with a 2008 bottle of ‘Syrocco’ from Domaine des Ouleb Thaleb – from just north of Casablanca, Morocco.

    An intriguing bottle, with some of the nice earthiness expected from the Rhone, bit a touch more fruit (and heat) you’d expect from California and Oz.

    So all in all, the evening brought back fond memories of Morocco…which is, in fact, where Mardi met Mr. Neil, starting her on the path to becoming a premiere Canadian food blogger. 😉

    • Tami February 16, 2012 at 17:08 #

      Even the plate has some similarities to one I remember 😉

      This is a dish I’m going to enjoy as well…..got my print out……..if I keep cooking it, my hubby may begin to like couscous as well!!

      • Mr. Neil February 17, 2012 at 07:45 #


        Actually, this pasta bowl was *purchased* during our trip to Umbria and Tuscany a few years back… 😉

      • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite March 3, 2012 at 21:25 #

        It’s a good way to disguise the couscous 😉

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite March 3, 2012 at 21:26 #

      Aw you are too sweet!

  6. Steph@stephsbitebybite February 16, 2012 at 13:10 #

    This sounds so comforting and perfect for this sudden burst of winter weather we’re experiencing!

  7. Paula February 16, 2012 at 14:29 #

    This does look like it would bring a lot of flavour into a cold winter’s night! I love this series of your Mom’s old recipes.

    Oh my! Oh my! What an exciting summer you have in store for yourself with Le Dolci and La Cuisine Paris 🙂

  8. Eliot February 16, 2012 at 21:18 #

    How great that you have this recipe in your mom’s own handwriting.

  9. Kiri W. February 18, 2012 at 21:54 #

    Wow, the honey sounds like such an interesting accent in the tomato context. Very intriguing, and it looks perfect!

  10. PolaM February 18, 2012 at 22:44 #

    What an interesting combo! Never thought of pairing tomatoes and honey!

  11. penny aka jeroxie March 4, 2012 at 07:20 #

    tomatoes and honey combination. interesting

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