Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

As much as I want to get on board with meal planning, I just never know what some of our weeknights will bring us.  An unexpected baseball victory celebrated with the team at a pizza parlor can get in the way of intended dinner plans.  Someone’s late lunch can really throw off dinner plans too!

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

This Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas recipe is one of those dinners where it’s OK if you don’t make it the night you wanted to. What’s the worst that could happen? The marinade will make the flavors develop overnight and your dinner plans the next night are still GO.

That means it’s also really great for meal prep purposes!

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

The leftovers can become something new the next day. You can make a salad out of it, serve with toasted pita and Greek yogurt. Mix in some couscous to make it extra hearty.

Welcome to the rotation, Spiced Chicken Chickpea dish!  You kinda remind me a little of the Curry Chicken with Coconut Rice I was obsessed with so many years ago.

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

Let’s gather our ingredients.

 

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

Make the marinade.

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

Toss the chicken, tomatoes and chickpeas in the marinade. Let sit for at least an hour – up to a day.

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

Dump! Roast!

 

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

MMMM

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

Those bursting tomatoes!

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

That juice!

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

A very healthy dinner to get excited about!

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

I can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow!

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas

serves 4-6

recipe slightly adapted from Mad Hungry Cravings

 

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (or parsley) leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1- 3lb. chicken, cut into serving pieces
  • 2- 15 oz. cans chickpeas, drained
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes

 

Mix together the oil, garlic, cilantro, paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Transfer the marinade to a zip-top bag or a large container and add the chicken, chickpeas, and tomatoes, making sure that everything is evenly coated. Marinate in the fridge for a few hours, all day, or overnight.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 450F. Place the chicken and other ingredients, including any marinade into a large roasting pan. Roast until chicken is cooked through and browned and the tomatoes have burst and are caramelized, about 30-35 minutes.  Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro (or parsley).

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  • Jenna

    This looks delicious! Love the idea of having it all together in one bag ready to throw down & roast!

  • SARah jane

    Could I use chicken breast or tenders? Maybe just change the cooking time?

  • Amanda

    Hey Tracy – Lately I’m not seeing the Pinterest pins/links on the photos and I don’t see anywhere on the bottom to pin an image. Is it just me?

    This looks delicious and I’d love to pin it for later!

    • Amanda

      Of course, as soon as hit publish on that last comment and scrolled up, I saw the Pin buttons! Arghhhhh…..typical right!? So weird…..

  • Sina

    Yeah, the challenges of meal planning… you’re right about that. Lately, I’ve moved from a scheduled plan for each day to a list of options which we can choose from during the week. I still plan for some dishes but I don’t schedule a certain day of the week for them to happen. In return, meal prep has become more important and I love that.
    This recipe seems like a great addition to both meal planning and prep 🙂

  • Esha

    could you do this with a whole chicken? Maybe marinate the chicken for a day and then dry it out for a day?

  • Kelsey

    YES! More of THIS! Schedules and plans get out of whack and to have an option like this on the books is brilliant. I love an option 🙂 Keep them coming!

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  • Meghan

    I have this marinating in the fridge! I’m so excited to cook it!!

    • Tracy

      YAY!!!

      • Meghan

        Update. It was so good, I am blown away. I make your lemon chicken at least once a month, and this is somehow even more delicious!!! I’m a single lady and am not mad at all that I have three pounds of this to eat haha

  • Meghan

    Update. It was so good, I am blown away. I make your lemon chicken at least once a month, and this is somehow even more delicious!!! I’m a single lady and am not mad at all that I have three pounds of this to eat haha. I might up the spices and cilantro a little bit next time just for fun.

  • Kelly

    I made this today for dinner but didn’t roast chicken. I subbed in rotisserie chicken I needed to use. Really good with some Mexican crema on top.

  • Kris

    This is SO GOOD. We made a half-batch last night and it’s so easy and so flavorful. Couscous with it is a must to soak up the juice. This is great for prepping ahead but also looks nice enough for company and keeps you from fussing in the kitchen while guests are there. Going into regular rotation.

  • Juliette

    Made this Monday night. It was fantastic and so easy. I added sliced yellow onion to the mix because I like the combination of tomato and onion roasted together. The combination of flavors and spices was perfect together and the leftovers make good workday lunches. Thank you for this quick & easy weeknight meal!

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  • Lauren

    I made this today with almost 4 pounds of boneless skinless thighs and 3 cans of garbanzos. Everyone loved it. It’s a keeper!

    Served it with naan from trader Joe’s freezer section and a container of Greek yogurt. Was easy and delicious.

  • Danielle Janecek

    Marinated this last night, cooked it this morning and had it for lunch. It was a big hit!!

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