Lemon-spiced chicken with chickpeas

Lemon-spiced chicken with chickpeas

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • 2 of 5-a-day
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
290
protein
42g
carbs
14g
fat
7g
saturates
1g
fibre
4g
sugar
3g
salt
1.03g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 250g bag spinach

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2008

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emmacpearce's picture
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So simple to make - needed more spice than suggested - will defo make again - big hit

sumbids's picture
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Healthy and quick,but added a pinch of turmeric for colour, some crushed pepper and more of the spices.

chocolatnoir's picture

This isn't one of my favourite good food reciped, but its very quick and easy for mid week and is tasty while still being very low fat. I also added garlic at the onion stage and grated in some carrot at the end for some extra colour and crunch. Good served with toasted wholemeal pitta bread.

abroekman's picture
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Cooked this yesterday for my husband who normally does all our cooking. This recipe was quick, easy to follow and tasted wonderful. Love the combination of spices. Made a lovely meal with some crusty bread.

anuradhab's picture
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very easy to make, super quick, and a lovely balanced meal with rice. add in some chillis for a kick.

blinkers's picture
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Fantastic. So easy to make, and delicious. After cooking the chicken, I divided the meal in two before adding the spinach. I will use the second half during the week and add the spinach then so it doesn't get overcooked.

lulujersey's picture
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Yuck. Used quite a large lemon and used all the juice as the comments on here stated that it needed it. Was overpowering and not nice at all. Dissapointing

lexana's picture

the whole lemon thing was too much, so im gna try sme suggestions

vancouver10's picture
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Very tasty, after reading the ratings I decided to add red pepper as suggested by others. The end result was a very satisfying and tasty meal which I shall make again.

stevo7723's picture

Well I'm brand new to cooking. My wife normally does all of it; anyway I decided I wanted to try my hand an I picked this dish for my first go. What can I say it was quick, simple and gave me the confidence to try more...........I got the cooking bug now.

chipchop81's picture
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Took advice from others who had made this dish and added a roasted pepper for colour and extra flavour, turned out perfect!

carl3684's picture

Kat has it right, a little flavourless the first time I did it, but just be a little braver with the spices and squeeze in a bit of lemon juice too! Oh yeah, no spinach once so used fresh French/green beans/fine beans, just as good!

luce_b50's picture
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Really tasty dinner but just not enough strong flavour! I was generous with the seasoning and spices but definatly could have done with a bit more. I reccomend alot more coriander, cumin and lemon zest. Also would add some garlic near the beggninig to give it more flavour!

rreitsma's picture
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Nice recipe, a great way to have kids eat their vegetables (I added carrots as well). I agree with some of the others that it can use a bit of additional flavors when you serve this to grown-ups. Add a bit of dried chili peppers to spice it up.

jonana's picture
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Oops forgot to add the cinamon stick - a wee sprinkle at the end did the trick though. Really tasy and quick recipe - served with pitta bread. I used chicken thigh fillets instead of chicken breasts for a cheaper and tastier option.

sophielydon's picture
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Loved it! Subtle, but that's not to be confused with lacking in flavour. I did add more lemon and stock than the recipe stated which may have pepped it up, but it's so simple and quick I will definitely be making again. Great one for kids too.

argosdiva's picture
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A winner in our house! I din't have any spinach but used brocolli instead and still lovely. Am looking forward to trying it again with spinach.

escorchio's picture
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Fantastic. We used half the chicken, and lemon juice, substituted spring greens for the spinach, and had it on it's own in a bowl. Delicious.

cinemike's picture

How much weight of dried chickpeas soaked = a can drained???

melissatowers's picture
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Lovely recipe will definitely make this one regularly. I used lots of lemon juice as I didn't have an actual lemon. Deceptively filling - served on it's own.

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