Fruit, whether fresh or dried, is a great way to sweeten a dish without adding refined sugar. The dried apricots and Deglet Noor dates add a unique rustic sweetness to this chicken. Throw it all in a slow cooker and just let it go! 

I like to serve this pulled chicken topped with fresh garden salsa (fresh tomato + onion + jalapeño + salt + lime) and sometimes a crumble of cheese on top. This is great on top of brown rice or thinly sliced cabbage tossed with cilantro and lime, or just by itself with a side of roasted veggies or plantains. 
I have been using Made in Nature brand dried fruits for quite a while (available at Fresh & Natural Foods in Hudson if you're local!). I am always pleased with their products; they are organic and don't contain chemicals, added sugar, or sulfuring, which are common things in a lot of dried fruit. They recently sent me a bag of Organic Deglet Noor Dates to try, and I immediately fell in love with them...they are really light and caramel-y tasting, very pleasant for sweet and savory cooking. 

AND, if you like this recipe (and share it through social media) and  THEY  like my recipe, they will provide me with dates to giveaway to my great readers and patients! I hope you give this recipe a try and love it!


SWEET TUNISIAN PULLED CHICKEN
1/2 cup chopped Made in Nature Organic Unsulfured Apricots
¾ cup chopped Made in Nature Organic Deglet Noor Dates
1 cup chicken broth
1 small onion, chopped
2 small jalapenos, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped or grated
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
3 Tbs tomato paste
½ tsp sea salt
1 Tbs chili powder
2lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
pinch of red pepper flakes, if you like spice

Very finely chop the apricots and dates and measure to equal 1/2 cup apricots and ¾ cup dates. Place them into the bottom of the crockpot along with chicken broth, onion, jalapeno, garlic, vinegar, tomato paste, salt, and chili powder. Mix everything around and then nestle the chicken breasts into the mixture.

Cook for 8 hours on low, stirring once or twice during cooking if you around. When the chicken is tender and falling apart, move it to a cutting board and use two forks to pull it apart and shred it. Return the meat to the slow cooker and toss it around in the sauce/juices and then serve. 


Don't know how to make plantains?! Find them in the fruit section, usually next to the bananas...they are like a banana's mutant cousin- much bigger, usually appearing over-ripe and slightly brown. I like to select the ones that are teetering on very ripe: a peel that is green/yellow with some brown (about 25% brown). Heat a little coconut oil or lard in a cast iron pan, and working in batches pan-fry sliced plantains for several minutes on each side and then season with sea salt. 
Plantains are a great side-dish for anyone who is gluten and/or grain free!