Moroccan Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe

Plate of Moroccan chicken from the slow cooker with sauce and couscous, and fork with chunk of chicken, bowl of couscous in background

Travel the world without leaving your house with this Moroccan chicken slow cooker recipe! Do you like travelling? I travelled a lot with my parents when I was younger and visited Morocco a few times. The beautiful mosques, potent sunshine and the poetic sound of the Arabic language are a thing of beauty.

Nowadays, with a tight budget and a three year old, we mostly travel within the UK, but I still enjoy recreating the tastes of my favourite countries in my own Yorkshire kitchen. I don’t claim any authenticity for this recipe, I have simply based it on many of the flavours of a North African tagine. Instead of a stew, however, this recipe produces tender chicken breasts with sauce to pour over.

Bowl of carrots with apricots and spices

Cooking and Serving Moroccan Chicken


slow cooker moroccan chicken collage with text 'slow cooker moroccan chicken' and photo of carrots, cumin and chopped dried apricots

In the spirit of Moroco you could serve this Moroccan chicken slow cooker dish with mint tea or red wine, and flat bread or couscous. However, as this is also very much a British dish, a  big pile of mash and peas or oven chips would do just as well. Alternatively, shred the chicken and mix it into the sauce. It’s so tender it won’t be hard to shred. Bold flavours aren’t just for when we have loads of time or people to impress. As an alter

I have a slow cooker dish that can be used on the hob so I heat the liquid up that way. If you don’t, you can easily heat the sauce in a pan or the microwave. Don’t expect to find apricots at the end- they melt into the sauce making it beautifully sweet.

This Moroccan chicken slow cooker recipe is perfect for children, as the aromatic spices give it loads of flavour – this means you can keep the chili to a minimum like we did if you like. Kids will also love the sweetness the apricots provide.

5 from 4 votes
Slow cooker moroccan chicken on a plate with couscous, bowl of couscous to side
Moroccan Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 10 mins

This North African-inspired chicken dish is the perfect warming comfort food - and no added fat too.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: British/Moroccan
Servings: 4
Calories: 260 kcal
Author: Lizzie
  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 70 g chopped dried apricots about 3 tbsp
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes 400g/roughly 14 oz cans
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 generous pinch cayenne pepper or according to preference
  • 4 chicken breasts
  1. Dice the onion. Peel and chop the carrots into half slices.

  2. If your slow cooker dish can go on the hob, mix in the spices, tinned tomatoes and dried apricots and bring to the boil.

  3. Otherwise, place the onion and carrots in the slow cooker. Mix the tinned tomatoes, spices and dried apricots together in a pan and heat on the hob until warmed through. Or - place spices, apricots and tomatoes in a microwaveable dish and microwave until heated through.

  4. Combine sauce and vegetables in the slow cooker and lay chicken breasts on top. Cook for at least 8 hours.

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