Lemon-spiced chicken with chickpeas

Lemon-spiced chicken with chickpeas

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(125 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A spicy, filling one pot that has a bit of added zing. Make it a mid-week must

Nutrition and extra info

  • 2 of 5-a-day
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal290
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein42g
  • salt1.03g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 skinless chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 400g can chickpea, drained
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 250g bag spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then fry the onion gently for 5 mins. Turn up the heat and add the chicken, frying for about 3 mins until golden.

  2. Stir in the spices and lemon zest, fry for 1 more min, then tip in the chickpeas and stock. Put the lid on and simmer for 5 mins.

  3. Season to taste, then tip in spinach and re-cover. Leave to wilt for 2 mins, then stir through. Squeeze over the lemon juice just before serving.

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Comments (137)

latinabambina's picture

Tasty, quick and simple... perfect weeknight meal. Serve with couscous for a traditional moroccan taste. i definitely will be cooking this again!

boersma's picture

Haven't made this recipe yet as I don't like spinach! Has anyone made it without or with a different veg?

sophos1's picture

at what point would i freeze this?

sophum's picture

Easy to make but not the tastiest recipe. I wouldn't make this again.

gingermut's picture

I've made this twice now. First time I followed the recipe and it was lovely. Second time, I added ginger, garlic, a bit more cumin and chilli and it went from lovely to GORGEOUS!

misswales013's picture

Really tasty and easy to make!

nickyphillips's picture

Easy to make and absolutely scrumptious.

I was cooking for 3, so there were some leftovers which were soon scooped up for seconds.

Next time I will make sure there's some nice bread to serve with it to soak up the sauce!

nickyphillips's picture

Easy to make and absolutely scrumptious. I was cooking for 3, but made amount listed for 4 so we had some leftovers which were soon scooped up for seconds.

Think next time I will make sure there's come nice bread to serve with it to soak up the sauce.

bluewings2's picture

I made this for the second time and have bumped by 4 star rating up to a 5 star because I added extra lemon juice, loads of ceyanne pepper and red peppers. I also left this in the wok with the lid on for a couple of hours before re-heating and serving to really let all the flavours merge and get absorbed. The extra lemon juice and spices really made the whole meal delicious and I could have eaten it 3 times over.

kazza690's picture

Ok dish bit bland could hardly taste lemon,very filling meal though.

christopherpm's picture

This was almost more of a broth than a main meal. It was ok, but not lovely. Not something I'd care to make again.

bluewings2's picture

This was a meal that surprised me half way through... When I first started eating it I was disappointed and thought it was quite bland. But half way through I really started to enjoy it. I realised that ideally it needed to sit for a while before serving so that it could absorb all of the flavours. My boyfriend and his friend ate the leftovers the next day and they loved it and said it was full of flavour.

So basically.... don't eat it straight away! Rest it for 20 minutes first.

I added red peppers for extra veg and colour and served with couscous.

anahitavak's picture

Made it for dinner tonight. Very delicous, and cinnamon is just perfect. I don't have coriander powde, so left it out. Added one sliced courgette after frying the meat. We enjoyed it with Arabic flat bread.

bucketmatt's picture

Only thing my wife changed was using leftover chicken breast and adding a tiny bit of fresh chilli.
I will be having this again.

Ladyratatouille's picture

It was so easy to prepare and very tasty - However I did add some chilly flakes, a tsp of tomato puree and a handful of chopped dried apricots, it was delicious served with couscous. Will definitely cook this again.

petecowell's picture

Tasty served with Jasmine rice and a leftover Dhal.

sirild's picture

Added garlic with the onion. Used a bit of crushed chilli for an extra kick. Thumbs up!

abroekman's picture

LOVE this recipe. Easy to make, tastes delicious (love the tangy lemon) and freezes well. We cook for two only and both work full time so are crazy for recipes that gives us more than one meal from a single effort. Definite winner this one!

katycooks's picture

Okay, having read the many comments on lack of flavour, and the things that people added, I decided to use this recipe as a base and use what I had available. While the onion was softening (which always takes much longer than quoted), I marinated the chicken in the dry spices - and used more spice than the recipe quotes and also added some chilli. I added garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and some chopped piquant peppers, and also added some rice. And instead of spinach, which I don't like, I added some cavolo nero, which worked out brilliantly. Result? Delicious! Fresh, lemony, one-pot goodness for a Wednesday evening. You have to love the comments sections on these recipes - they really are useful I find.

edinburgh_col's picture

Really nice recipe - I added some chilli powder and paprika. Left out the chicken and added kidney beans and butter beans - makes a lovely vegetarian dish!


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