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The triad of spices found in this dish-cumin, coriander, and cinnamon-appear in aromatic sauces all over the Mediterranean, but especially in the Eastern Mediterranean and parts of North Africa. This is delicious over simple sautéed or steamed spinach.
Wash and pat dry the chicken. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or wide nonstick pot over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper, and brown on all sides. You may have to do this in batches. Remove with a slotted spoon. Drain all but 2 tablespoons fat out of the pot. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions, peppers, and garlic, and cook until wilted, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and bay leaves and stir for 1 minute with a wooden spoon.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste and place it back in the pot. Add the tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 45 minutes.
While the chicken is cooking, plump the raisins in ¼ cup warm water, then drain. Add the raisins and olives to the pot 5 minutes before removing from the heat. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and serve.
Calories 342; Fat 18g (Saturated 4g); Cholesterol 105mg: Sodium 415mg: Carbohydrates 9g: Fiber 2g (Digestible Carbohydrates 7g); Protein 36g.