Chicken with pumpkin & chickpeas

Chicken with pumpkin & chickpeas

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Cooking time

Ready in just over an hour

Skill level



Serves 6

An adaptation of a Tunisian dish, this recipe is fragrantly spiced and ready in a little over an hour

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 500g pumpkins, with skin on and seeds in
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, each cut into three pieces widthways
  • 400g can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 tsp harissa
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp chopped coriander

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  1. Peel the pumpkin, remove any seeds and fibrous bits and cut the flesh into bitesized pieces. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden. Stir in the ginger, cinnamon and the chicken pieces and cook for 3-5 minutes, turning to brown them slightly all over.
  2. Add the tomatoes, sugar and harissa, season and stir well. Add the chickpeas, pumpkin pieces and 4-5 tbsp water. Cover and cook for 20- 30 minutes or until the chicken and pumpkin are tender (the pumpkin releases its own water, but if it becomes too dry, add a drop more during the cooking to give you a juicy sauce). Stir in the chopped coriander before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2003

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michele8840's picture

Quick and easy, tasty but not a wow dish. More of a mid-week easy meal. Tasted better the next day.

riikka78's picture

Really, really lovely! I also served it with couscous and will definitely make it again. Tasty and warming autumn dish.

pinkkann's picture

Fantastic low cal meal that we ate with couscous. Will absolutely make this again. I used fresh ginger rather than ground and I think it really added a lovely spicy freshness to the dish.

kirtony's picture
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I picked a pumpkin from the garden and had a chicken breast and a gammon steak in the fridge. I popped in pumpkin to the search bar and this recipe grabbed my eye. Using this as an inspiration but using a mix of chicken and gammon, finishing it off with a touch of cream and served on a bed of rice....


cazzfoss's picture
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Hurrah I've found this recipe again! I loved cooking this a few years ago and then stupidly threw the magazine away, so glad to ahve it back in my repertoire of great recipes. My old housemate used to love me cooking this, hope the husband will now!

dimbiwimbi's picture
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Really nice, will do again. Nice thick sauce!

mape64's picture
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Easy, nutritious and tasty - always cook this every year when pumpkins are in season.